50 states means 50 states
Chris Bowers gives Democrats a gentle reminder that a "50 state strategy" means more than just going to the deepest red states. It also means that we shouldn't take the deepest blue states for granted either.
In 2000, Gore defeated Bush in the official popular vote by a margin of 543,816 votes. In 2004, Bush defeated Kerry in the official popular vote by a margin of 3,012,497 votes. This swing of 3,556,313 votes was not just found in swing states and red states. In fact, nearly one-third of it, 1,162,593 votes, came from states that Gore won in 2000 (I count Florida in that total). Further, 23.2% of that swing, or 827,941 votes, came from the twelve states where Bush received less than 43% of the vote in 2000: CA, CT, DE, DC, HI, IL, MD, MA, NJ, NY, RI and VT. In only two of those twelve states, DC and VT, did Kerry actually win by a greater margin of votes than did Gore. (source)
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