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Tennessee, now the 12th most Republican state?

Tennessee's been called the 10th most conservative state of the 50, by one political organization or another. Though it probably won't cause any loss of sleep among the state's new Supermajority Party, Tuesday's presidential election suggests Tennessee is merely America's 12th most Republican state. It was a Romney landslide, of course, enough for the networks to call Tennessee at 8:01 without even discussing our interesting geography and customs, or speculating about our particular hopes and fears, as was the case with several of the swing states. But our lopsided ratio of 59.5 to 39 percent is not among the nation's most extreme.

Looking at the current election map, the reddest states in America are, in order, Utah--where fewer than one in four voted for President Obama--Wyoming, Idaho, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky and Nebraska (tied), Kansas, Alabama, and North Dakota.

Then Tennessee.

We've sometimes made fun of Alabama, in an "at least we're not as right wing as" sort of way. In 2008, Alabama hated Obama three percentage points more than Tennessee did. As of this week, though only 0.6 of a pro-Obama percentage point separates us now.

For whatever it's worth, the state that looks closest in its sympathies to Knox County's particular 63.6 to 34.4 split is West Virginia.


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