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Illinois Among Least Republican States

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    With the Republican convention taking place this week, here’s a chart listing the most Republican and least Republican states. It comes from Slate, which built it using Gallup polling on party preferences.

    It turns out that Illinois, the state that produced the first two Republican presidents, is now one of the least Republican in the union. In only six states do fewer voters identify as Republicans. Illinois is the least Republican state that is not on the East or the West coast, and the second-largest in the Top 10, after California. Thanks to the influence of Chicago, it votes like a coastal, cosmopolitan state despite its interior location. This explains why the Republican Party has had zero influence in state politics in the last 10 years, has won only two Senate elections in the last 34 years, and couldn’t even beat an unelected Democratic governor with an 28 percent approval rating. The Democrats have become the natural governing party in Illinois. The Republicans can only make a case for themselves when the Democrats really screw up.

        Here’s the list of least Republican states:

        Rhode Island: 26.5 percent
        Massachusetts: 33.4 percent
        Maryland: 33.8 percent
        Connecticut: 34.4 percent
        Vermont: 34.9 percent
        California: 34.6 percent
        Illinois: 35.8 percent

        And of most Republican, if you’re frustrated with Democratic rule here:

        Utah: 63.8 percent
        Idaho: 57.8 percent
        Wyoming: 56.6 percent
        Nebraska: 52.1 percent
        Kansas: 51.3 percent
        Alabama: 49.6 percent
        Montana: 49.6 percent   

     

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