Walsh, Colorado is NPR's prototypical American small town

Two Walsh, Colorado residents are seen chatting in an NPR image.

At midday on the eve of the 2008 presidential election, National Public Radio's home page spotlighted an unlikely place: Walsh, Colorado, located in the southeast corner of the state. Why? NPR correspondent David Greene uses the community (population: 700) as a symbol of American small towns that will play a big part in determining the country's next commander-in-chief. Predictably, John McCain seems to be doing pretty well with the citizenry; even the town's mayor, whose son, a National Guardsmen, will soon be heading off to serve in Iraq eventually decided to back the Republican standard-bearer. Yet the big winner may be TV reality shows: a woman who's been closely watching campaign developments says that once the voting is over, she'll be able to concentrate on Top Chef again. Thank goodness.

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