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« on: August 25, 2018, 11:41:11 pm »

Why did New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusettes, and Rhode Island go so strongly for McCain over W?
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2018, 11:44:18 pm »

Why did New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusettes, and Rhode Island go so strongly for McCain over W?
Papi Bush came off as very much a New Englander.  He was the last "Red Tory" Republican, so to speak.

Dubya, on the other hand, was a straight-up Southerner (at least optically speaking).  He adopted the drawl, the lifestyle, and the cultural values.  His campaign was a mish-mash of the Reagan Realignment and the religious right's "moral values" crusades.  Secular New Englanders don't take too kindly to that style of campaigning or policy.
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2018, 09:27:14 am »

Because McCain was more moderate than Bush.
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2018, 03:45:44 pm »

I think at the time those were all states where Independent voters could vote in GOP Primaries.  They went for McCain by a lot. 
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