The Question: Why is Vermont so blue?

Vermont is sort of the last place you’d expect to be a liberal stronghold. Mainly white and rural, those aren’t the kind of places Democrats tend to win. Yet all but one county in Vermont voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential elections. One of its senators is Democratic, and the other- Bernie Sanders- caucuses with the Democrats. To make matters even stranger, Vermont voted for the GOP candidate in every presidential election from 1856 to 1960. So what happened? In the 1960s and ’70s, city dwellers fleeing struggling metropolises like New York City and Boston chose to flock north. Somehow, conservatives were attracted to New Hampshire, possibly because of its low taxes.  Meanwhile, left-leaning young hipsters tended to choose to settle in Vermont, instead. Because of new environmentally-minded laws, and green-businesses, new migrants were likely to be more liberal. The state’s population grew from 400,000 to 650,000. Even Republicans in Vermont are likely to be more moderate, relative to others. However, the old Vermont is still here today. in local elections, Republicans can still do well. The current governor of Vermont is a Republican. The question is, what’s to come in the future?

One thought on “The Question: Why is Vermont so blue?

  1. Amazing, David.
    I learned something new!
    Thank you for writing.
    Keep it up.
    You are incredibly gifted.
    I look forward to reading more of your work.!


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