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Nyvin
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« on: March 21, 2015, 03:46:46 pm »
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Turnout in 2004 was 5% higher than in 2000, but that alone wouldn't account for Bush getting almost 12 million more votes in 2004.   What groups of people that didn't vote for Bush in 2000 suddenly started to in 2004?
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2015, 04:04:55 pm »
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Southern suburbanites and Rust Belt voters for the most part. Also, many evangelicals who hadn't bothered voting in a while went out in droves to oppose gay marriage in state referendums, which naturally helped Republicans up-ticket.
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2015, 03:10:32 am »
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Turnout in 2004 was 5% higher than in 2000, but that alone wouldn't account for Bush getting almost 12 million more votes in 2004.   What groups of people that didn't vote for Bush in 2000 suddenly started to in 2004?

Voter turnout helped him a lot. Many conservatives who didn't turn out in 2000, voted in 2004 likely to do being impressed by his strong stance for traditional values and being strong on defense.
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The housing market collapse was caused by the American Dream Act. Bush called on congress to fix the foreseen problem in 2003 and the Democrats pretty much gave him the finger. In 2005, McCain proposed a bill of his own and it was filibustered. Being required to give money to people who have no intention of paying it back led us to a nation of people who had no intention of paying their mortgages. Barney Frank and Chris Dodd benefited from this.
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