Politics & Government

Berkeley politics: blue on blue

BERKELEY, Calif. _ Noah Miller is a political activist, a dad and a very shrewd businessman.

The 37-year-old father of three from Alameda has set up shop outside a Bay Area farmers market, selling presidential campaign buttons for Democratic Sen. Barack Obama ($3 each, two for $5).

Whale Watchers for Obama. Campers for Obama. Birders for Obama. Music Lovers … Single Home Owners … Drummers … iMac Users … People of Faith … Nurses … Rednecks … Bingo Players for Obama.

This being Berkeley, Miller has it made.

In the Crayola color-box of American politics, if California is a basic "Blue," then the Bay Area county of Alameda – including the cities of Berkeley and Oakland – is surely a "Midnight Blue." The seventh-most populous county in California, Alameda County has more than 57 percent registered Democrats and about 16 percent Republicans, nearly the widest gulf of any county in the state.

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