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    ardyess, CuriousBoston

    I was beginning to wonder about MA.  

    Now what is wrong with Indiana?  All the states around it are blue.  Why is Indian red?

    •  Why is Indian Red? (1+ / 0-)
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      That's a bit racist, don't you think...:D

      Please  note the :D

    •  Indiana isn't red, it's less purple (1+ / 0-)
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      The urban areas of Indiana - Indianapolis, especially, but to a lesser extent Fort Wayne and South Bend and Evansville - look and feel a whole lot like Columbus and Dayton and Lima and Toledo. They tend to vote the same way, too: they lean more D than R economically, but tend to be relatively conservative on social issues. The rural parts of Indiana look and feel very much like the rural parts of Ohio: very red, both economically and socially.

      The difference is largely proportional: Ohio has more of its population in those bigger cities and less of it in the rural area, and so it shades closer to blue than red most of the time.

      The saving grace where Indiana is concerned is the northwest corner. Northwest Indiana is very much unlike the rest of the state: it's in the orbit of Chicago, it's heavily industrial, and it's much blacker and more Hispanic than the rest of Indiana. President Obama won Indiana in 2008 largely on the strength of solid turnout in that part of the state; if we can pull comparable turnout numbers in 2012, we can win again.

      Intended to be a factual statement.

      by ipsos on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 03:00:55 PM PDT

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