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« on: January 24, 2004, 11:31:46 am »
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OK, there are certain states that seem to often go against their regions, regardless of pary preferences, like New Hampshire in the Northeast, Tennessee in the South, or Montana in the West.

Why would that be?




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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2004, 11:37:00 am »
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New Hampshire was the only Northeastern state to vote for Bush in 2000 and Wilson in 1916. Together with Maine and Vermont it has often formed its own enclave, voting differently compared to the rest of the northeast.  
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2004, 12:47:33 pm »
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OK, there are certain states that seem to often go against their regions, regardless of pary preferences, like New Hampshire in the Northeast, Tennessee in the South, or Montana in the West.

Why would that be?


About this and your other thread - some states are just very similar to one another, like the Dakotas or Wyoming and Idaho.  Or Kansas and Nebraska.  In fact I should've thought all the above mentioned pretty much vote alike.  As far as states that don't fit their region, New Hampshire is the prime example.  It is the last refuge of the freedom-minded New England Republican.  I think this may be partly because Republicans have actually fled there from high-tax Massachusetts.  I don't think Tennessee really falls outside its reagion politically, its just less extreme - more like Arkansas or Louisana than Mississipi and Kentucky.  As for Montana, when did it break outof the usual Republican pattern?
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2004, 12:52:53 pm »
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OK, there are certain states that seem to often go against their regions, regardless of pary preferences, like New Hampshire in the Northeast, Tennessee in the South, or Montana in the West.

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About this and your other thread - some states are just very similar to one another, like the Dakotas or Wyoming and Idaho.  Or Kansas and Nebraska.  In fact I should've thought all the above mentioned pretty much vote alike.  As far as states that don't fit their region, New Hampshire is the prime example.  It is the last refuge of the freedom-minded New England Republican.  I think this may be partly because Republicans have actually fled there from high-tax Massachusetts.  I don't think Tennessee really falls outside its reagion politically, its just less extreme - more like Arkansas or Louisana than Mississipi and Kentucky.  As for Montana, when did it break outof the usual Republican pattern?

The last time was in 1992. Remember, i am taking a long term view, so the fact that Montana voted Dem from 1932-1948 means something here. It also voted Dem in 1900, 1912 and 1916. Overall, that means it gone Dem in 9 out of the last 26 elections. I hadn't checked carefully, I just had a feeling that Montana is less Republican than neighbouring states, but it wasn't as true as I thought.
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2004, 12:54:58 pm »
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Bush won Idaho and Wyoming 67-27, but Montana was "only" 58-33, so it seems a little different than other similar states. But it isn't that good an example, I agree, there is probably a better one somewhere.
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2004, 01:24:33 pm »
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Bush won Idaho and Wyoming 67-27, but Montana was "only" 58-33, so it seems a little different than other similar states. But it isn't that good an example, I agree, there is probably a better one somewhere.

Yeah Montana is a little less conservative than Idaho-Wyoming-Utah.  
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2004, 01:28:51 pm »
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...Although that's not very difficult...
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2004, 01:58:12 pm »
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The problem in Montana is the Missoula area.

Bush won Idaho and Wyoming 67-27, but Montana was "only" 58-33, so it seems a little different than other similar states. But it isn't that good an example, I agree, there is probably a better one somewhere.

Yeah Montana is a little less conservative than Idaho-Wyoming-Utah.  
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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2004, 02:03:14 pm »
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The problem in Montana is the Missoula area.

Bush won Idaho and Wyoming 67-27, but Montana was "only" 58-33, so it seems a little different than other similar states. But it isn't that good an example, I agree, there is probably a better one somewhere.

Yeah Montana is a little less conservative than Idaho-Wyoming-Utah.  

Is that where you find Hollywood liberals buying ranch land like Robert Redford, etc.?
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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2004, 02:03:23 pm »
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Bush won Idaho and Wyoming 67-27, but Montana was "only" 58-33, so it seems a little different than other similar states. But it isn't that good an example, I agree, there is probably a better one somewhere.

Yeah Montana is a little less conservative than Idaho-Wyoming-Utah.  

That could be because more of it's population is consentrated closer to Canada.  Just a thought.
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« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2004, 05:28:09 pm »
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OK, there are certain states that seem to often go against their regions, regardless of pary preferences, like New Hampshire in the Northeast, Tennessee in the South, or Montana in the West.

Why would that be?

Regardless of why, these examples show that the US still is a federal republic, a collection of different states.   In my opnion, this provides a reasonable rationale to continue with the current method of electing a President.  An electoral college that requires the winner to win many different states, rather than go to a popular vote winner in a single national election .
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« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2004, 06:28:03 pm »
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OK, there are certain states that seem to often go against their regions, regardless of pary preferences, like New Hampshire in the Northeast, Tennessee in the South, or Montana in the West.

Why would that be?

Regardless of why, these examples show that the US still is a federal republic, a collection of different states.   In my opnion, this provides a reasonable rationale to continue with the current method of electing a President.  An electoral college that requires the winner to win many different states, rather than go to a popular vote winner in a single national election .

Lol...this is my thread, I don't want it to turn into a debate on the EC... Sad
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« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2004, 10:01:31 pm »
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Bush won Idaho and Wyoming 67-27, but Montana was "only" 58-33, so it seems a little different than other similar states. But it isn't that good an example, I agree, there is probably a better one somewhere.

Yeah Montana is a little less conservative than Idaho-Wyoming-Utah.  

That could be because more of it's population is consentrated closer to Canada.  Just a thought.
It could also be because of the very high Native American population. Three of the five counties Gore carried there are Native American areas. The others are actually in the decaying, ex-mining Butte area, not the Missoula area as claimed elsewhere.
Oh, and rich liberal areas being the most Dem places is true in Idaho (that county Gore carries there is Sun Valley) and Wyoming, but not as far as I can see in Montana.
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« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2004, 01:50:46 pm »
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There are two counties in the Butte area that have voted Democrat since... ever as far as I can tell...
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« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2004, 05:40:40 pm »
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I comprehend Indiana as anti-region state. It is only state in Rustbelt where Republicans are very strong.   They have won every presidential election since 1968 and Bush got there almost 57 percent of vote.

Indiana's democratic senator Evan Bayh is fairly conservative also.
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« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2004, 06:00:59 pm »
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I comprehend Indiana as anti-region state. It is only state in Rustbelt where Republicans are very strong.   They have won every presidential election since 1968 and Bush got there almost 57 percent of vote.

Indiana's democratic senator Evan Bayh is fairly conservative also.

Yeah, in that sense, yes. But it's only b/c they're so strongly Republican. Why is that, btw? Why is Indiana so different?
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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2004, 06:58:40 pm »
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Evan Bayh is of course tactician-conservative, at least partly.
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« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2004, 08:24:59 am »
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New Hampshire is a good one.
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« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2004, 11:59:04 am »
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New Hampshire actually has a much shorter history as an anti-region state than Indiana.  Indiana has voted consistenly Republican for the entire post-WW II period except for 1964.

New Hampshire used to vote in a similar manner to Vermont and Maine, but has not become as liberal as Vermont and Maine as quickly.  But it appears to be moving in that direction, so I don't know how much longer it can be continued an anti-region state.
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« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2004, 06:27:54 am »
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I have understood that Montana belongs still more to same group with WA and OR.  It is more German - Scandinavian than for exmple ID, UT and WY.  The Montana has had democrat congressmen and senators.
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« Reply #20 on: February 10, 2004, 10:12:11 am »
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Indiana is fairly unique, but then again it is very similar to western/central Ohio, Kentucky to the south, and IL outside Chicago.  In other words it is typical of broad swathes of the 'rustbelt', it just lacks other more democrat leaning aspects.  Btw I dislike the term rustbelt - I think its outdated as those industries are so outdated they rusted away years ago and have little relevance to the area today.  On the other hand has anyone else heard about the boom in the steel industry worldwide due to the enormous demand in China?
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« Reply #21 on: February 10, 2004, 12:20:21 pm »
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Indiana is fairly unique, but then again it is very similar to western/central Ohio, Kentucky to the south, and IL outside Chicago.  In other words it is typical of broad swathes of the 'rustbelt', it just lacks other more democrat leaning aspects.  Btw I dislike the term rustbelt - I think its outdated as those industries are so outdated they rusted away years ago and have little relevance to the area today.  On the other hand has anyone else heard about the boom in the steel industry worldwide due to the enormous demand in China?

The Swedish steel industry is doing pretty well I think...before the EU-US trade wars at least... Sad
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