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Urban pays, rural decides

City residents pay the bulk of presidential campaign costs, even though votes from rural America may decide the elections.

The Daily Yonder, a Web publication of the Center for Rural Strategies, reports that "although 26 percent of Americans live in rural counties, they donated only 5 percent of the money contributed to all presidential candidates in the first quarter of 2007. Per capita, city dwellers gave six times more money to presidential campaigns than rural residents did."

The center looks at presidential campaigns in light of how much influence rural voters have.