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Old 09-23-2006, 12:30 PM
 
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Hello everybody,

Not that this really will make much difference on my possible move to Lancaster County , but I have noticed on many posts politics come up. So Is Lancaster County mainly a Democrat or Republican area?

Thanks -- T
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Old 09-23-2006, 09:58 PM
 
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Extremely Republican, it's like living in the northern-most outpost of the Bible Belt.
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Old 09-23-2006, 11:08 PM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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Yep. Very Republican and conservative. Slightly over 70% of the residents are registered Republicans. In the last election, Bush received 66% of the county vote and Kerry 34%.
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Old 09-24-2006, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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YIKES! What an awful place to live! At least here in Scranton we have Conservative Democrats, or what I like to call "Conservacrats!" LOL! ;o)
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Old 09-24-2006, 11:18 AM
 
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believe it or not .. you are going to see a turnaround of political parties in this area. upswing of liberals also...

the percentages of rep and dems are getting to be more 50/50 ... as the communities are drawing younger families, the views of the local candidates are changing. the older die-hard family dems or repub are changing ..

i see more of a view .. "what can you do for me, my family, and community, and schools BEFORE you see party preference.
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Old 09-25-2006, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Deep Dirty South
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YIKES! What an awful place to live! At least here in Scranton we have Conservative Democrats, or what I like to call "Conservacrats!" LOL! ;o)
That sounds like heaven, SWB. You should come to MY world sometime (not really) --even the people claiming to be democrats, libertarians and independents are actually Bush-spoutin' republicans. It's real bad.
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Old 09-26-2006, 08:46 AM
 
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Lancaster is a bastion of Christian right neo-conservatism. They watch the 700 Club, and Jack Van Impe. They go to bed at 8 pm.
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Old 09-26-2006, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Deep Dirty South
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Man, that's just sad. Sad and wrong. Doesn't sound much different than Oklahoma, except it's probably a hell of a lot prettier.
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Old 09-26-2006, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Harrisburg, PA
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Hello everybody,

Not that this really will make much difference on my possible move to Lancaster County , but I have noticed on many posts politics come up. So Is Lancaster County mainly a Democrat or Republican area?

Thanks -- T
Lancaster County, as a whole, is Conservative. That is, a sizeable GOP percentage, as well a some conservative Dems. The City of Lancaster is predominately Dem, as the County, excluding the City, is GOP. I live in Harrisburg area, specifically, Dauphin County.
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Old 10-25-2006, 07:47 PM
 
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Lancaster County has been majority Republican since the Civil War. They also elected the Radical Republican Thadeus Stevens during and after the Civil War who proposed land grants and monetary awards to former slaves. With that said, that is the County's roots.

The County is very rooted in protestant and anabaptist roots. That is people are expected to work hard and people are seen as earning their worth rather than just being awarded it for existing.

The population is also rather homogenious racially, culturally, and economically, with a growing minority of Puerto Ricans in the city. However, without this overbearing inequality, which is present in most larger cities, I beleive it is explainable as to why the county has remain the way it has in its work ethic and acceptance of newcomers.

To Lancaster's credit, their churches are very active in many cases with peace and justice campaign and arguements supporting a more equitable standard of living (Mennonite Central Committee).

The Christian character of the county would certainly be percievable if coming from a place like Philadelphia, however, I don't think it is that much different from surrounding cities such as York or Harrisburg.
Anyhow, the kneejerk reaction made me want to throw up a little.
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