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Old 06-24-2007, 08:41 PM
 
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north carolina has more dems in the US house than republicans after the 06 elections. also the governor and the legislature is democrat. Charlotte is purple, the Triangle is more blue-purple though.
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, Louisiana
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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.
There's no way that you could even call the Cajun parts of Louisiana fairly blue. In 2004, Kerry won only 5 out of the 22 Parishes commonly classified as the Acadiana region. And these 5 parishes were all fairly rural. According to a recent study, Lafayette, the heart of Cajun country, is the ninth most conservative city in the nation.

Still, I agree that New Orleans is a deep blue. But now since New Orleans only has about half of the population it had prior to Katrina, Louisiana will be even more solid republican territory.
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Austin
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There's no way that you could even call the Cajun parts of Louisiana fairly blue. In 2004, Kerry won only 5 out of the 22 Parishes commonly classified as the Acadiana region. And these 5 parishes were all fairly rural. According to a recent study, Lafayette, the heart of Cajun country, is the ninth most conservative city in the nation.

Still, I agree that New Orleans is a deep blue. But now since New Orleans only has about half of the population it had prior to Katrina, Louisiana will be even more solid republican territory.
The presidential race isn't the only race there is, and even if you counted this as the only one, Clinton got 30% more votes than Dole in 1996 if you look back a few years. In 2006 representative Charlie Melancon (D) got 37% more votes than the republican candidate in the district that stretches from New Iberia to Plaquemines Parish (Which includes much of Acadiana but not New Orleans). The state senate has 60% more democrats than republicans and the state house also hase 60% more democrats than republicans.

Louisiana: 2006 Elections
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, Louisiana
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Certainly, many Louisianans do tend to vote for Democrats in local and state elections. But many of the Democrats that do get elected in Louisiana (with the exception of New Orleans) are moderates and conservatives, like Melancon. But there's no doubt that Louisiana has become more Republican in recent years. Representative Charles Boustany (R) won in the historically Democratic 7th district (which includes much of western Acadiana) in 2004 and was easily reelected in 2006 with 71% of the vote. Heitmeier, a Democrat, withdrew from the secretary of state race last year when he realized that he had no chance of defeating the Republican candidate, Dardenne.
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Old 06-26-2007, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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I think North Carolina and Virginia and the Upper South has a lot more purple because of more transplants. Northern Virgina espiecally is probably purple.\

NC has that pesky Mr 400 dollars for a haircut John Edwards....

Richmond however, is not quite as transient, and I would say its still pretty red, or at least light red.

And you go to places like the Shenandoah Valley- Roanoke, Danville, or Southside, and its redder than clay.
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Pennsylvania is most definitely a "purple" state. I even like to joke that we're not the "Keystone State"---we're the "Conservacrat State" for being home to an overwhelmingly large number of socially-conservative Democrats. The state's major cities (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton, Allentown, Harrisburg, etc.) tend to be overwhelmingly "blue" while the rest of the state's smaller cities, towns, and townships are overwhelmingly "red."

For example, Scranton and Lancaster County are probably polar opposites in our state. Scranton recently went against state law to pass a renegade public smoking ban, overwhelmingly kicked former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, an extreme conservative, out of office, and is currently leading a statewide effort to ban trans-fats. Meanwhile, Lancaster County has a reputation for being one of those places where you're expected to "conform" to certain standards and adhere to strict moral ethics and moral responsibilites. You can't label PA a "blue" or "red" state when we're so harshly-divided.
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