Friday, January 13, 2017

Next Big Conservative Challenge: Turning Big Cities Red

Voters are increasingly concluding "it's better to be red than dead" — only this time "red" means embracing lower taxes, limited government and free markets, not socialist redistribution schemes.
Six years ago I wrote a piece entitled "The Red State in Your Future," in which I predicted that more voters would soon be living in a red state. They would either (1) vote to replace their high-taxing, big-spending state elected officials with candidates who promised to cut taxes and limit the size of government, or (2) move to a red state that had.
And that's exactly what's happening. Voters have given liberal Democrats the boot in state legislatures and governors' mansions, as well as the White House and Congress, with Democrats losing more than 1,030 seats since Barack Obama was elected, according to the Associated Press.
Today, 69 of 99 statehouses and 33 governors' mansions are controlled by Republicans, the vast majority of whom ran on promises to restrain or reduce the size of government. States such as Maine, Michigan, perhaps Pennsylvania, and especially Wisconsin, all of which were once thought to be part of the so-called "blue wall," are feeling the red. Even deep blue Illinois elected a Republican governor two years ago.
But there is one area where Democratic control remains strong: big cities. And those cities, such as Des Moines in Iowa, are largely responsible when a predominantly red state ends up voting blue.
The next conservative challenge is to turn big cities red.
Read the rest of this Merrill Matthews IBD commentary HERE.

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