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  •  BoxerDave - pls help me - (1+ / 0-)
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    BoxerDave

    I still can't figure out why RI is basically a blue state.  It seems to me that given the demographics, RI would be full of "Reagan Democrats" who would be easily flipped to Republican depending on the specifics of the election.  What am I missing? is it the union influence? even before 2008, were there more young voters?  RI has always seemed an enigma to me - thanks in advance for helping to educate me -

    •  Here's my educated guess CrissieP (2+ / 0-)
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      CrissieP, pawtucketpat

      Rhode Island is, percentagewise, the most Roman Catholic state in the country.  Now, I'm not Roman Catholic, but I do know that Catholics love their social services.  The GOP will never give in to funding fully social service programs.  And that is probably why RI is the only place in New England besides Maine where same-sex marriage is not legal.

      Just a guess.

      •  There's a much easier explanation than religion (1+ / 0-)
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        CrissieP

        which can go both ways.

        Rhode Island is basically a city. Providence is 25% of the total population, and that doesn't include cities right around Providence like Pawtucket, Central Falls, etc. Therefore, virtually the entire state is urban, or living in Newport. There are pockets of population outside those two zones, but they don't make up a majority.

        Cities are liberal. So is Newport. Tout finis.

        •  so, you've never been to the RI farms.... (2+ / 0-)
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          CrissieP, pawtucketpat

          I take it?  RI is not basically a city.  One does not catch fish, oysters, lobsters, or clams in a city.  One does not have a teeming local food economy and a truly vibrant local farmer's market, as Providence has, if one is a huge city (been to the Boston farmer's market?  They sell mangoes, oranges and cashews...none of which are grown in New England).  Providence itself has neighborhoods that have a more suburban atmosphere than an urban one, and Providence has no plethora high rise buildings like NYC, Chicago, etc.  

          Visit the cemetaries in RI.  You'll see just how historically Catholic RI was; and, as I have said, it is the most Roman Catholic state in the union, and Catholics believe in things that the GOP typically hates (feeding the hungry, clothing the poor).

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