Backwoods Politics
Ronald Reagan vs. Jimmy Carter
What did southwest “Crackers” have to say about it. 

“US 41”
Tom Petty — Tamiami Trail
((( back roads )))

By David Futch
Alligator Political Writer

Tapping the minds of rural folks in Cracker Florida about their perceptions of the men seeking the job of President is akin to rolling back the years and discovering that things haven’t changed that much. And although the general election is 10 months away, a survey of 22 residents in eight southwest Florida communities stretching 133 miles apart shows that many have their minds pretty much made up on who that person will be.

january 21, 1980
volume 73, no.62