I was looking at the results of the recent election and noticed that, for the most part, the winner of any particular state usually won with less than a two-thirds majority.
There were a few states where a particular candidate managed to get more than two thirds of the vote in a particular state. For example, President Obama won Hawaii with 70.6% and Vermont with 67.0%. Governor Romney won Oklahoma with 66.8%, Utah with 72.8 and Wyoming with 69.3%.
However, President Obama won DC with 91.4% of the vote. That’s a huge margin – far ahead of any other state’s result.
Why is that so? Why is DC so much of a blue state… er, district?
I understand that Washington is not a “normal” city in the traditional sense. A good percentage of the people who live and work in the city are there because they work for the government in some way (or else work to supply goods and services for those who do). But it’s not as if the Democrats have held a thirty year monopoly on power in the city that would result in all the government staff being Democrat. So, why is the district so blue?