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View Diary: Did Gerrymandering Cost Dems the House? A 34-State Look at Alternative Nonpartisan Maps Suggests Yes (161 comments)

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  •  Thanks. A bit of trivia for you (6+ / 0-)

    eastern Tennessee has historically been consistently one of the most Republican areas of the country. While pretty much every other area has fluctuated between the two parties over the last 150 years, East Tennessee and south Kentucky have been constantly GOP ever since the Civil War. TN-01 and TN-02 haven't sent a Dem to congress since Reconstruction and there were times like the 30s when they were the only Republican held seats in the south.

    •  Don't I know it! (4+ / 0-)
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      bythesea, TexDem, elwior, sturunner

      When we hold national elections, IF there is a Democratic challenger, the R has a bad day if he only garners 65% of the vote. Low per capita income area, too. Lots of dependence on government programs (of course).

      There are no second class citizens in America, and there are no second class marriages in America. - Eleanor Holmes Norton

      by Captain Sham on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 02:50:03 PM PDT

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    •  There is at least one (3+ / 0-)
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      Stephen Wolf, elwior, Englishlefty

      other place in the country that hasn't changed its political affiliations in the past 150 years.

      The last Democratic Presidential candidate that Ottawa County, MI voted for was George McClellan. In 1864.

      And that pattern shows no sign of ending anytime soon. Romney won the county 2-1.

      The county is heavily Dutch in ancestry, which probably explains it.

      (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

      by ProudNewEnglander on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 03:13:59 PM PDT

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