Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Crazy/Backwards

I am (hopefully) going to continue to research this and come to some clearer conclusions. But I was looking at the maps and had some thoughts about the "red states" of 2008...

Here are the states that had the smallest percentages voting for Obama (7 of these states under 40%) (based on data from http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032553/ ):

Wyoming 33% / 65%
Oklahoma 34% / 66%
Utah 34% / 63%
Idaho 36% / 62%
Alaska 36% / 62%
Alabama 39% / 60%
Arkansas 39% / 59%
Louisiana 40% / 59%
Kentucky 41% / 57%
Kansas 41% / 57%
Nebraska 41% / 57%

Based on info from this site: http://money.cnn.com/2007/08/28/real_estate/wealthiest_states/index.htm, with data from last year here are two lists, the ten poorest US states and the ten wealthiest. 9 of the 10 poorest voted for McCain, and tend to be "red states." Of the 10 wealthiest, 9 voted for Obama, and 8 of the 10 historically tend to be "blue states."

The poorest ten US states:
Mississippi
West Virginia
Arkansas
Oklahoma
Alabama
Louisiana
Kentucky
Tennessee
Montana
New Mexico

The wealthiest ten US states:
Maryland
New Jersey
Connecticut
Hawaii
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
Alaska
California
Virginia
Minnesota

States with highest and lowest percentages of college graduates (these results are from 2003 - http://www.epodunk.com/top10/collegeDiploma/index.html )

Of the ten highest, 9 voted for Obama:
Massachusetts 37.6
Maryland 37.2
Colorado 36.0
Virginia 34.2
New Hampshire 34.0
Connecticut 33.5
New Jersey 33.4
Minnesota 32.7
Kansas 31.0
Vermont 31.3

Of the ten lowest, 9 of 10 voted for McCain:
West Virginia 15.3
Arkansas 17.4
Mississippi 19.3
Wyoming 20.7
Nevada 21.2
Kentucky 21.3
Indiana 22.2
South Carolina 22.3
Louisiana 22.3
Idaho 22.5

Monday, November 03, 2008

Election Day Trivia

Did you know Election Day is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday because November 1st is a Holy Day for Catholics. Also, most merchants did their books on the 1st of the month...

Thanks, MSNBC!

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