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Old 07-13-2012, 08:45 AM
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Originally Posted by albion View Post
If Mississippi is as poor as everyone seems to think, why do they keep voting Republican?
Mississippi as a whole isn't really "as poor as everyone seems to think". The areas blueice6102 is discussing, however, ARE very very poor. And the poorest areas do vote democrat. As seen HERE, when broken down by county the delta region and the area around Jackson is decidedly dark purple to blue.

But contrary to popular belief, the majority of the population in Mississippi consists of religiously conservative white middle-class. For a variety of reasons (and contrary to their best interests) they overwhelmingly vote Republican in national elections.

Personally, if I were to move back to Mississippi, it would be for a reason and not to just move for the heck of it. I would mostly likely move to either north of Jackson (I have a standing job offer from my first employer in Madison) or Starkville (my large extended family is mostly located about 40 miles west of Starkville). But this is NOT gonna happen as long as my kids are in school; they're in an awesome public school in Chattanooga, and for a variety of reasons, Mississippi schools are... [switching to polite mode] not very good.
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