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Old 06-22-2007, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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LOL @ people claiming MD is purple. Didn't it give Kerry and Gore larger margins than California? IIRC it gave both their 4th or 5th largest margins in the country. The Maryland Congressional delegation is the second most liberal in America, after Massachusetts. Sarbanes was more of a lefty then Ted Kennedy, and Mculski and Cardin aren't far behind - they're more liberal than Hillary or Chucky Schumer. If MD is purple then so is NY. At least we New Yorkers have some sense and can elect Republican mayors every so often, unlike Baltimore. And we don't vote out our GOP governors after one term. But the jist is that if MD is purple, then I wanna be purple too

The Midwest is your bastion of purple. The Northeast is solid blue and the South is solid red. The West has bastions of both red (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah) and blue (the coastal states), but also a few tidbits of purple (Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico). The Midwest and Southwest are purple.
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Old 06-23-2007, 07:59 PM
 
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I live in the 'Flying Purple People Eater' state.

My long range plan is to turn it into the 'Teeny Weeny Yellow Bikini' state--more fun.
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:56 PM
 
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Any state in the midwest.
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Old 06-23-2007, 09:09 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Interesting that people would suggest WI or MN over IN as purple states. I always thought of the Upper Midwest states (Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan) as being more solidly blue than the more centrally located, middle-of-the road Lower Midwest states (Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio). I guess anything is possible My guess with most of the plains states is that the reason they are conservative because most of them do not have any major cities. That's just a guess though. With purple states, as one has said with Illinois, the major cities often turn a state purple. St. Louis and Kansas City, like Chicago with Illinois, are largely I would argue responsible for making Missouri more purple. With Ohio, Cleveland and Columbus and Cincinnati (which is slightly conservative) probably cause conflict with the rural areas to turn that state purple. In any case, I generally agree that yes the Midwest is definitely a purple region. The Southwest I would tend to agree is also purple.
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Old 06-24-2007, 03:36 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Let me shift the topic now that we've settled which areas are purple...well...in general I hear the Midwest and Southwest being defined as purple areas....what states/cities do you think are on the verge of becoming purple?
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Old 06-24-2007, 10:27 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Most large cities are already blue, even Denver.
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Old 06-24-2007, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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even the cities of Houston and Dallas
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Old 06-24-2007, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Austin
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I'd say Louisiana all the way. The northern part is regular deep South protestant,while the southern section is Cajun-- and fairly blue. New Orleans is very blue.
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Old 06-24-2007, 12:22 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I'd say Louisiana all the way. The northern part is regular deep South protestant,while the southern section is Cajun-- and fairly blue. New Orleans is very blue.
Louisiana? Wow....that's a surprise. Blue as New Orleans may be, I never thought of Louisiana as anything even close to purple. It's voting patterns have been consistent with other Southern states for practically as far back as I can read. When the South favored the Democrats, Louisiana was among the states leading the way. When the South began to favor Republicans, so did Louisiana. I could be mistaken, but I never thought of Louisiana as being even marginally close to a swing state.
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Old 06-24-2007, 12:34 PM
 
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Louisiana? Wow....that's a surprise. Blue as New Orleans may be, I never thought of Louisiana as anything even close to purple. It's voting patterns have been consistent with other Southern states for practically as far back as I can read. When the South favored the Democrats, Louisiana was among the states leading the way. When the South began to favor Republicans, so did Louisiana. I could be mistaken, but I never thought of Louisiana as being even marginally close to a swing state.
I haven't reviewed every post--but I don't think red mixes well with blue--so rather than 'purple' I visualize 'stripes' or some sort of 'plaid'.

I don't expect to see radical changes in voting patterns anywhere in GA--blue areas will be blue and red areas will stay red.

Stocking up on popcorn--should be interesting.
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