Most of the states around the Great Lakes are “blue states,” places where folks generally have liberal political leanings. Even northern Ohio – Cleveland, Toledo, Youngstown, and their suburban and exurban areas – would be solidly blue if it was its own state.
However, Indiana is solidly Republican. It has been a “red state” for nearly 40 years. There’s the occasional Democrat governor, but for the most part the state has a very, very conservative reputation. Why? What makes Indiana a peninsula of red jutting out into a sea of blue?