Maryland: More Blue than New York or California?
If the latest Gallup poll is right, the exhaustive history book. "Maryland: A Middle Temperament," might need to be renamed something more like: "Maryland: Deep Blue and Getting Bluer."
Maryland is the nation's third-bluest state, behind Massachusetts and Hawaii, according to the survey, which tracks how residents identify their own political leanings.
By Gallup's analysis, 58 percent of Marylanders identify themselves as Democrats or leaning Democratic; 31 percent are Republican or leaning Republican.
That means Democrats have a 28-percent advantage -- just shy of those in Hawaii (29 percent) and Massachusetts (34 percent), according to the poll. For comparison, Democrats have an advantage of 25 percent in New York, and 22 percent in California. (The District has a greater Democratic advantage -- 65 percent -- than any state).
According to the poll, only four states can be considered solidly Republican -- Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Alaska. Eight are competitive: Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Carolina and Texas.
The poll comes with a large disclaimer about it's general "right" and "left" categories:
It is important to note that these categories only apply to a state population's party leanings and are not necessarily indicative of a party's electoral strength in that state. Election outcomes are decided on party support (which, as shown here, typically shows a Democratic advantage) but also turnout among party supporters (which typically works in the Republicans' favor).
Does Maryland feel that Blue to you?
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