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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 04:50 PM

So what makes white voters different in Maine and Iowa and Vermont?

In most states- even blue ones- the President did not receive the majority of white votes, but in some of the whitest states- and rural ones, the President received some of his highest margins.

Why?

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Reply So what makes white voters different in Maine and Iowa and Vermont? (Original post)
cali Nov 2012 OP
elleng Nov 2012 #1
rzemanfl Nov 2012 #2
cali Nov 2012 #3
rzemanfl Nov 2012 #6
FATNED Nov 2012 #4
Spider Jerusalem Nov 2012 #10
justgamma Nov 2012 #14
Corgigal Nov 2012 #5
rzemanfl Nov 2012 #7
whistler162 Nov 2012 #8
woolldog Nov 2012 #9
freethought Nov 2012 #11
HopeHoops Nov 2012 #12
1-Old-Man Nov 2012 #13

Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 04:53 PM

1. I'll be interested to see what DUers say about this, cali.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 04:54 PM

2. When there are not a lot of black people around it

is not necessary for the power structure to spread a lot of racist propaganda. Predjudice is learned.

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 04:58 PM

3. huh? We live in a very interconnected world

it's not like Fox News doesn't exist in Iowa or Vermont or Maine. That just doesn't make sense.

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Response to cali (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 05:08 PM

6. Prejudice is learned in childhood. I can remember when our first McDonald's opened. The world was

not so inteconnected back in the '50s and '60s.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 04:58 PM

4. I've been wondering this as well.

I grew up in Nebraska which borders Iowa and I'm assuming has similar demographics. Never quite figured out why NE is reliably red and Iowa is reliably blue.

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Response to FATNED (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 05:24 PM

10. Historical demographics and cultural differences

Iowa was settled by the descendants of New England Puritans and Pennsylvania Quakers. A lot of the early Nebraska pioneers were Scots-Irish Kentuckians and Missourians. The cultural influence of those differences continues to persist.

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Response to FATNED (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 06:44 PM

14. Western Iowa is extremely red.

Eastern Iowa is extremey blue. I think Iowans really take the first in the nation seriously. A lot of us are involved from the beginning. We read and are able to filter out the BS coming at us.
Also, there is no gerrymandering here. The legislature doesn't do the redistricting. That's how we got the wonderful Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsack and the horrible Steve King.

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Response to Corgigal (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 05:09 PM

7. Excellent point.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 05:10 PM

8. ????????????????

What is it with this idiotic tripe? So much worthless stupidity.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 05:23 PM

9. The President won the white vote in the following states:

Connecticut, Delaware (probably), Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York (tied), Oregon, Rhode Island (probably), and Washington.

In a few more states he won the white female vote, but lost the overall white vote: California, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 05:29 PM

11. That's a hard one to explain

I'll try to speak for Maine. I lived there for several years and found it a place that trying to determine the direction of the political winds can be difficult. I will say that there is defenite indepedent streak that runs through the Maine electorate. You can see this in the election of Angus King to Olympia Snowe's senate seat. King ran and won as an independant for Governor several years ago and he left the office with good approval ratings and high marks for a job well done. Last election in 2010 Mainers voted in a Tea Party nutcase named Paul LePage. This was at a time when Maine was bleeding jobs and perhaps just about anyone looked good. For a while his approval rating hovered in the 50% range give or take a few points. Now it seems Maine is having voters regret with LePage. Some polls taken earlier in the year put his approval rating at 41% and a dissapproval rating at 52%. I have read that some people consider LePage somewhat of a media whore and that he has a tendency to invite controversy whenever he opens his big mouth.

What was it that turned Maine off to Romney? I would guess that it may have been his continual flip-flopping or perhaps what came to light about Bain Capital. It is anybody's guess. Perhaps that is something for political scientists to write papers on later.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 06:42 PM

12. Nothing. It only matters in swing states - HENCE the need to eliminate the EC. Popular vote only!

 

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Response to cali (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 06:43 PM

13. Education.

I thought that answer was obvious.

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