Sunday, August 23, 2009

Republican party has grown in Massachusetts?

I was looking up the state of Massachusetts, especially the political part, as I was curious as to how bad it is to be in Massachusetts, and I found something quite interesting.

In the 2000 election, Al Gore received 1,616,487 votes to 878,502 votes for George Bush. In the 2004 election, John Kerry received 1,803,801 votes to 1,070,109 votes for George Bush. Meaning The Republican line gained 191,607 votes, while the Democratic line gained only 187,314 votes. Meaning the Republican party gained over 4,000 more voters between the 2000 & 2004 elections. If you add in the 2008 election, the Democrats gained over 90,000 more votes, however the Republican party gained 35,000 more votes as well.

Now if we look at the difference between the 2006 Congressional elections in Massachusetts, and the 2008 Congressional elections, it is real interesting.

During the 2006 congressional elections, only three Republicans we're on the general election ballot against Democratic incumbents, being defeated 1,118,712 votes to 197,722 votes, nearly being defeated by one million votes in congressional elections. Jump to the 2008 congressional elections, this time four Republicans we're on the general election ballot, and the deficit of defeat was much lower - 851,625 to 316,026, or just over 500,000 votes. Very interesting indeed.

Also, while Ted Kennedy defeated Republican Kenneth Chase 69.46% to 30.54% in the 2006 United States Senate election, John Kerry only defeated Republican Jeff Beatty 65.82% to 30.99%, with the Libertarian party candidate receiving 3.18% of the vote.

Very interesting indeed, while the state of Massachusetts appears to be growing more Democratic, Republicans are also growing in numbers, or in strength as it appears from the numbers above. However, it may also be noted, the Republicans have lost even more seats in the legislature, dropping down to five in the Senate, and just 16 in the Assembly, down from six & 19.

Very interesting. Perhaps, one day there might be hope in Massachusetts for Republicans? I hope so, however I highly doubt it.

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