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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

How does Maryland stack up as a Blue state?

    With the election today it seems that only the swing states have much to go to the polls about in the Presidential race.  Of course the referendum questions on the Maryland ballot do give importance to the election this year.  But with the perceived "blueness" of Maryland I was wondering how we stacked up against other "blue" states.  Nationally if you took a poll most people would identify either Massachusetts, New York or California as the bluest of the blue states.  Maryland might come in a right behind those states. If you eliminate DC as not being a state (it would be the bluest if it was a state and that is one of the reasons they have trouble getting statehood) you might be surprised to find out that the bluest state is actually Hawaii. In Hawaii the Democrats hold a 24-point over Republicans among registered voters.  The Democrats have controlled state government in Hawaii for the 50 years of their statehood.   The only Republican governor was the first one from 1959 to 1962.   Every governor since has been a Democrat and they have only had one Republican senator Hiriam Fong.

     So where does Maryland stack up as a blue state.  We are number 2 after Hawaii with our 22 point lead of registered Democrats over Republicans.  Before 2010 we were actually ahead of Hawaii.  The Maryland State Senate has 34 Democrats and only 13 Republicans (72% Democrat) and the House has 98 Democrats and 43 Republicans (70% Democrat).  Since 1969 when Spiro Agnew left office we have only had one Republican governor for 4 years. For the past 25 years both US Senators have been Democrats and have generally held from 6 to 7 of the 8 House seats.
     So what state is the "reddest?" Utah.  In Utah, Republicans hold a 32-point advantage over Democrats to make it the most Republican state in the country. Idaho ranks second with a 29-point gap. Wyoming, which held a 1-percentage-point edge over Utah in 2010, ranks third this year with a 27-point Republican advantage.
  Wikapedia has the following chart to show the Republican and Democrat make up of each state.

State2008 Presidential ElectionGovernorUpper House MajorityLower House MajoritySenior U.S. SenatorJunior U.S. SenatorU.S. House DelegationDemographics
AlabamaRepublicanRepublicanRepublican 22-12-1(a)Republican 66-39RepublicanRepublicanRepublican 6-1Republican
48-34
AlaskaRepublicanRepublicanCoalition(d) 16-4Republican 24-16RepublicanDemocratRepublican 1-0Republican
26-15(g)
ArizonaRepublicanRepublicanRepublican 21-9Republican 40-20RepublicanRepublicanRepublican 5-3Republican
36-32(g)
ArkansasRepublicanDemocratDemocrat 20-15Democrat 54-46DemocratRepublicanRepublican 3-1Democrat
41-31
CaliforniaDemocratDemocratDemocrat 25-15Democrat 52-28DemocratDemocratDemocrat 34-19Democrat
44-31(g)
ColoradoDemocratDemocratDemocrat 20-15Republican 33-32DemocratDemocratRepublican 4-3Republican
35-33(g)
ConnecticutDemocratDemocratDemocrat 22-14Democrat 99-52Independent(a)DemocratDemocrat 5-0Democrat
37-20(g)
DelawareDemocratDemocratDemocrat 14-7Democrat 26-15DemocratDemocratDemocrat 1-0Democrat
47-29(g)
FloridaDemocratRepublicanRepublican 28-12Republican 81-39DemocratRepublicanRepublican 19-6Democrat
41-36(g)
GeorgiaRepublicanRepublicanRepublican 36-20Republican 116-63-1(a)RepublicanRepublicanRepublican 8-5Republican
44-32
HawaiiDemocratDemocratDemocrat 24-1Democrat 43-8DemocratDemocratDemocrat 2-0Democrat
40-23
IdahoRepublicanRepublicanRepublican 28-7Republican 57-13RepublicanRepublicanRepublican 2-0Republican
50-22
IllinoisDemocratDemocratDemocrat 35-24Democrat 64-54DemocratRepublicanRepublican 11-8Democrat
46-31
IndianaDemocratRepublicanRepublican 37-13Republican 60-40RepublicanRepublicanRepublican 6-3Republican
46-32
IowaDemocratRepublicanDemocrat 26-23(b)Republican 60-40RepublicanDemocratDemocrat 3-2Republican
32-31(g)
KansasRepublicanRepublicanRepublican 32-8Republican 92-33RepublicanRepublicanRepublican 4-0Republican
44-27(g)
KentuckyRepublicanDemocratRepublican 23-15Democrat 59-41RepublicanRepublicanRepublican 4-2Democrat
56-37(g)
LouisianaRepublicanRepublicanRepublican 24-15Republican 58-45-2(a)DemocratRepublicanRepublican 6-1Democrat
51-26(g)
MaineDemocratRepublicanRepublican 19-15-1(a)Republican 77-72-1(a)-1(b)RepublicanRepublicanDemocrat 2-0Democrat
33-28(g)
MarylandDemocratDemocratDemocrat 35-12Democrat 98-43DemocratDemocratDemocrat 6-2Democrat
56-27(g)
MassachusettsDemocratDemocratDemocrat 36-4Democrat 126-33-1(b)DemocratRepublicanDemocrat 10-0Democrat
37-11(g)
MichiganDemocratRepublicanRepublican 26-12Republican 63-47DemocratDemocratRepublican 9-6Democrat
40-33
MinnesotaDemocratDemocratRepublican 37-30Republican 72-62DemocratDemocratSplit 4-4Democrat
46-30
MississippiRepublicanRepublicanRepublican 30-22Republican 64-58RepublicanRepublicanRepublican 3-1Republican
47-38
MissouriRepublicanDemocratRepublican 26-8Republican 106-57DemocratRepublicanRepublican 6-3Republican
39-37
MontanaRepublicanDemocratRepublican 28-22Republican 68-32DemocratDemocratRepublican 1-0Republican
39-32
NebraskaRepublican 4RepublicanUnicameral legislature(c):
Non-partisan (official)
Republican 32-17 (unofficial)
DemocratRepublicanRepublican 3-0Republican
48-34(g)
Democrat 1(f)
NevadaDemocratRepublicanDemocrat 11-10Democrat 26-16DemocratRepublicanRepublican 2-1Democrat
42-37(g)
New HampshireDemocratDemocratRepublican 19-5Republican 293-105-2(b)DemocratRepublicanRepublican
2-0
Tied
29-29(g)
New JerseyDemocratRepublicanDemocrat 24-16Democrat 48-32DemocratDemocratDemocrat 7-6Democrat
33-20(g)
New MexicoDemocratRepublicanDemocrat 27-15Democrat 36-33-1DemocratDemocratDemocrat 2-1Democrat
48-32(g)
New YorkDemocratDemocratRepublican 32-29-1(b)Democrat 100-49-1(b)DemocratDemocratDemocrat 20-8Democrat
49-25(g)
North CarolinaDemocratDemocratRepublican 31-19Republican 68-52RepublicanDemocratDemocrat 7-6Democrat
45-32(g)
North DakotaRepublicanRepublicanRepublican 35-12Republican 69-25DemocratRepublicanRepublican 1-0Republican
38-29
OhioDemocratRepublicanRepublican 23-10Republican 59-40DemocratRepublicanRepublican 13-5Republican
37-36
OklahomaRepublicanRepublicanRepublican 31-16-1(b)Republican 68-31-2(b)RepublicanRepublicanRepublican 4-1Democrat
49-40(g)
OregonDemocratDemocratDemocrat 16-14Split 30-30(e)DemocratDemocratDemocrat 4-1Democrat
42-32(g)
PennsylvaniaDemocratRepublicanRepublican 30-20Republican 110-87-6(b)DemocratRepublicanRepublican 12-7Democrat
51-37(g)
Rhode IslandDemocratIndependentDemocrat 29-8-1(a)Democrat 65-10DemocratDemocratDemocrat 2-0Democrat
38-11(g)
South CarolinaRepublicanRepublicanRepublican 26-19-1(b)Republican 76-48RepublicanRepublicanRepublican 5-1Republican
44-33
South DakotaRepublicanRepublicanRepublican 30-5Republican 51-19DemocratRepublicanRepublican 1-0Republican
46-38(g)
TennesseeRepublicanRepublicanRepublican 20-13Republican 65-34RepublicanRepublicanRepublican 7-2Republican
38-34
TexasRepublicanRepublicanRepublican 19-12Republican 102-48RepublicanRepublicanRepublican 23-9Republican
45-21
UtahRepublicanRepublicanRepublican 22-7Republican 58-17RepublicanRepublicanRepublican 2-1Republican
56-20
VermontDemocratDemocratDemocrat 22-8Democrat 102-47(b)DemocratIndependent(a)Democrat 1-0Democrat
29-27
VirginiaDemocratRepublicanRepublican 20-20(h)Republican 68-32DemocratDemocratRepublican 8-3Republican
39-36
WashingtonDemocratDemocratDemocrat 27-22Democrat 55-42DemocratDemocratDemocrat 5-4Democrat
39-29
West VirginiaRepublicanDemocratDemocrat 28-6Democrat 65-35DemocratDemocratRepublican 2-1Democrat
54-29(g)
WisconsinDemocratRepublicanDemocrat 17-16(i)Republican 59-39-1(a)DemocratRepublicanRepublican 5-3Democrat
38-34
WyomingRepublicanRepublicanRepublican 26-4Republican 50-10RepublicanRepublicanRepublican 1-0Republican
63-24(g)

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