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August 03, 2020

Where Are All The Stories About Blue States Turning Red? [Buck Throckmorton]

Texas has not elected a Democrat to a statewide office since 1994, but for decades the media has breathlessly written stories about Texas turning blue. Formerly respectable journalists covered the Wendy Davis and Beto O'Rourke senate campaigns in the manner you'd expect from Tiger Beat. Supposedly non-partisan journalists cooed and swooned about those Democrat candidates, and they reported matter of factly that they had a good chance of winning their Senate races. They didn't. But our desperately partisan media wanted them to win. So that was the story they reported. Democrats in Georgia get the same treatment. And of course, during presidential election years, the media goes into overdrive reporting how Texas and Georgia may flip and finally vote Democrat. They won't. At least not in 2020.

But where are all the stories about blue states turning red? I jest of course. Our dishonest media doesn’t write those stories because they are partisan Democrats, and it would never cross their minds to write a political analysis that strays from the theme of “more bad news for Republicans.” So of course, the media was blindsided when Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania voted for Trump in 2016. For 2020 there are some stories about these three states returning to their rightful place in the Democrat column, but otherwise the media’s obsession is still on “red states turning blue”. There is a lot of media chatter about Texas and Georgia, of course, as well as Arizona and North Carolina.

So what states might go unexpectedly red in 2020 despite the media’s embargo of any such story? How about Minnesota? After the Democrats and the media cheered on the riots which destroyed downtown Minneapolis - resulting in a barely policed city run by criminals - I’d be surprised if Minnesota didn’t turn red. The media is blind to this because they loved watching Minneapolis burn, and they believe Minnesotans enjoyed seeing the city destroyed too.

How about Maine, Nevada, and New Hampshire? They don’t have a lot of electoral votes, but they voted Clinton by thin margins in 2016. Four years hence it is questionable if they are fully aligned with the flag-burning hatred of America that the big-city base of the democrat party has embraced.

What are some dark horses? Delaware and Rhode Island are not that demographically different from the Great Lakes states that have been trending red. New Mexicans used to swing both red and blue, and they too recently watched their largest city descend into riot-fueled destruction as the media cheered on the rioters. The Albuquerque newspaper actually ran the classic riot-at-a-peaceful-protest headline. Voting Republican in 2020 would be a slap-back at the Democrats and media who cheered on the New Mexico riots.

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Will any of these states turn red? Maybe some. Maybe none. But in a wave (either direction) there will be unforeseen surprises. The media is only trying to foresee red-turns-blue.

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