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November 29, 2016

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PiedType

I lived most of my life in OKC. It may be an exception to your thinking, since it went red. Admittedly a lighter red than most of the state, but still red. Yet when I was growing up there, Okla. was a hardcore, one-party Blue state. Go figure. I don't think Okla. is razor-thin red, either. It prides itself on being the "buckle on the Bible Belt." Oh well, I'm in Colorado now, and we're usually quite purple.

JHawk23

Point taken. I wouldn't want to suggest that all urban areas are deep blue, but as you note, OKC is a lighter pink than the rest of its state, as are towns in Kansas, Nebraska, or Kentucky.

As for my point about a seeming breakdown of healthy skepticism and common sense, I believe it still applies to many people in all those reliably-Republican-for-decades states. They turned away from Goldwater in 1964 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1964) but amazingly, and disappointingly, didn't see through Trump.


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