September 29, 2004

state electoral trends: MT, ND, SD

These three states are good examples of the Democratic trend, mentioned in earlier posts, in the northern tier of the western 2/3rds of the country during the 1980's. In the case of these states (as well as Idaho, Wyoming, etc.), the effect wasn't so visible because they still voted for Republicans during this time. But it's the same pattern that made states like Minnesota and Wisconsin go solid blue (an identity that they are perhaps now trying to shed).

The other interesting point is the spike in South Dakota for native son George McGovern, and the mini-spikes in the neighboring states.