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  •  Regional Splits are most intetesting (5+ / 0-)

    I ran these numbers yesterday.  Hope they contribute to the discussion.

    Once the deal to reopen the government was done in the Senate, and Speaker Boehner had made clear that the House leadership would be voting the Senate bill through the House, it was much easier for House members to vote for the “winning side”. That said, most Republicans still did not, and it is a very interesting pattern which MCs voted to keep the government closed and to not raise the debt ceiling.

    By the numbers:

    All Democrats in the House voted to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling.

    87 Republicans voted to open the government, 144 voted against.

    Of those 144 who voted against, 87 (over 60%) were from the South (the 11 states of the CSA plus Maryland, Kentucky, Missouri, and Oklahoma).

    Only 24 Republicans in those same Southern states voted in favor of opening the government.

    Of those 24, 13 came from the highly populous and “purple” states of Florida, Virginia and North Carolina.

    The FULL Republican Delegations of the states of Arizona (4), Utah (3), Georgia (9), South Carolina (6), Tennessee (7), Missouri (6), and Texas (24!) voted to keep the government shut down.

    Oddball fact: All 4 Representatives from Arkansas, all Republicans, voted to reopen the government. In the six states surrounding Arkansas, the GOP reps voted 46 to 3 to keep it closed.

    The Democratic Party: Keeping Their Powder Dry Since 1968.

    by punkdavid on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 07:30:13 AM PDT

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