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Skill and Chance
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« on: November 25, 2012, 11:19:06 am »

I would actually go with OH or MI.  PA is probably next after them, then VA and FL.  FL has been pretty libertarian for a while now. 
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Skill and Chance
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2012, 04:44:44 pm »

According to the CNN exit polls (ranked from most to least conservative):

Iowa 37%
New Mexico 37%
Florida 35%
Michigan 35%
Nevada 35%
Ohio 35%
Washington 35%
Wisconsin 35%
Colorado 33%
Minnesota 31%
Oregon 31%
Pennsylvania 31%
Virginia 31%
New Hampshire 30%
California 29%
Maine 27%
Illinois 26%
Maryland 26%
New Jersey 25%
New York 25%
Vermont 25%
Connecticut 24%
Massachusetts 21%

Delaware, Hawaii, Rhode Island: No exit polls







The ones I bolded are very surprising to me.  There is a probable explanation for NM and NV (and to  a lesser extent, CO) involving Hispanic Democrats identifying as conservative.  But VA ended up in the same boat with OR and MN and left of WA?  Didn't coal country turn out hard for Romney this year?  Also, I would have expected the finance conservatives to have much more influence than that in CT.
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Skill and Chance
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2012, 06:50:40 pm »

Depends how you define "socially conservative." There are a lot of very traditional things about New England.  Much more so than the megachurch in the sunbelt suburb. 

This.

Well that seems to be more about being pro-establishment vs. anti-establishment.  New England is very pro-establishment and likes its politicians liberal but not rocking the boat.  They will only tolerate populism when it is coming from the professor's lectern.  This may also explain why organized religion has held on better there than in other comparably liberal areas of the country.  Most of the West is aggressively anti-establishment and even Republican leaning areas make the Northeast look socially conservative in some ways.  Texas is complicated and it really comes down to whether you consider oil and gas establishment (probably, but it's not nearly as clear cut as finance).  California has become part of the establishment now but they don't want to admit it. 
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