Barack Obama, in 2008, managed to woo voters and win hearts in conservative towns of the West with names begin in "B", and where seldom had a Democratic presidential candidate ever come calling.
Obama drew 14,000 people to Taco Bell Arena in Boise, capital of the reddest of red states. Teenagers camped outside a Bend, Ore., high school where he was to speak, to get seats up front. Why? "He rocks," said one. The Obama family spent the July 4th holiday charming the old Montana mining down of Butte.