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Rhode Island among three top Obama states

November 9, 2012

This won’t come as any surprise, but Rhode Island is once again a deep, cobalt Blue state in presidential politics.  President Obama’s margin in the Ocean state appears to be the third highest in the nation, after Hawaii (the president’s birthplace, unless you believe Donald Trump) and Vermont, which was once the most Republican state in the U.S.

Obama won Hawaii by 42.7 percent of the vote, took Vermont by 35.8 percent and crushed Republican Mitt Romney in Rhode Island by 27.9 percentage points. After Rhode Island came New York,  where the president triumphed by a 26.8 percent margin.

The calculations come from the Washington Post. These numbers are fairly consistent with where Rhode Island voters have landed in recent elections. In 1960, Rhode Island was John F. Kennedy’s best state and the Ocean State has not supported a Republican presidential candidate since the 49-state Ronald Reagan landslide of 1984. (Democrat Walter Mondale carried only his home state of Minnesota in that election). Rhode Island also supported Richard Nixon, a Republican, against Democrat George McGovern in 1972, which was another 49-state crushing for the GOP. McGovern won only Massachusetts that year.

The six New England states continue to be the Democratic Party’s hardest base in presidential elections. Since 1992, the Democratic presidential aspirant has won every New England state in every election, with the exception of New Hampshire in 2000, where George W. Bush defeated Democrat Al Gore by about 7,000 votes in an election where Granite State voters cast 25,000 votes for third party candidate Ralph Nader.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2012 6:23 pm

    FWIW, it’s not technically a state, but DC had the most skewed vote for Obama of any state/district. According to the NY Times, he was up by 84% (91 to 7%). That would sort-of push Rhode Island off the medals podium in being “for” Obama. 😉

    I think that probably says a lot about DC. Both in terms of race and class, certainly, but also the perspective afforded by its proximity to government. Perhaps the famed “Beltway Perspective” is telling us something?

  2. November 9, 2012 6:56 pm

    You are correct. And, yes, D.C., alas is not a state.

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