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« on: September 03, 2019, 09:42:32 am »

The question is as in the title. In 1964, Lyndon Johnson won my home state of Colorado 61-38% over Barry Goldwater. Colorado was the closest state to Johnson's national average that year. On the map, the state stands out, as all of its neighbors-Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming-gave Goldwater higher shares than his national average. Why did Colorado support Johnson more strongly than its neighbors did? Especially given that it was a Republican-leaning state at the time, and after 1964, did not give a majority to a Democratic candidate again until Barack Obama won it in 2008.

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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2019, 06:29:28 am »

Well Johnson was a pretty popular president in all but the south, Goldwater was still hated, and while he did come close in several rural states, in even relatively urban states Goldwater was fuking toxic so I guess I can sort of see it
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2019, 09:11:42 pm »

Maybe the weather was really good in Colorado that year compared to neighboring states Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2019, 12:58:45 am »

Any other guesses?
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2019, 05:31:53 pm »
« Edited: September 09, 2019, 06:26:00 pm by Truth Hurts »

For anyone wondering why Johnson did so well in rural areas:

http://unionstats.gsu.edu/MLR_7-01_StateUnionDensity.pdf (see Table 1)

Quite a contrast. Nebraska's unionization rate was the same as Hawaii's current rate!
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2019, 05:44:01 pm »

For anyone why Johnson did so well in rural areas:

http://unionstats.gsu.edu/MLR_7-01_StateUnionDensity.pdf (see Table 1)

Quite a contrast. Nebraska's unionization rate was the same as Hawaii's current rate!

I know that Johnson did exceptionally well in the mining and industrial counties out West that are now either strongly Republican or trending that way. He got over 70% of the vote in Sweetwater County, WY; Carbon County, UT; Greenlee County, AZ; and White Pine County, NV. And of course hit that number in Deer Lodge and Silver Bow Counties, MT. In Colorado, Johnson got over 70% of the vote in Pueblo, Las Animas, and Huerfano Counties. It's also obvious that he won over a large number of normally Republican farmers and ranchers, probably because of Goldwater's unpopular views on agricultural subsidies. Johnson was the last Democrat to carry the now Titanium Republican Plains and Mountain Counties of Western, Central, and Eastern Colorado.
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