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Race still a factor for Pa. voters

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — This city is largely white, heavily Democratic, and lies in a rugged area of Western Pennsylvania that John Murtha, its late congressman, called “racist” and “redneck” in the run-up to the 2008 election of Barack Obama.

If Obama’s historic victory ushered America into a postracial era, as some observers suggest, the evidence here is murky.

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