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Are there currently more solidly Democratic or solidly Republican states in the United States?

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  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. How surprising was the data from the table?

  3. What has happened to the number of solidly Democratic states over the past few years?

  4. Why do you think that is?

  5. Based on the table, how has the number of solidly Republican (red) states changed over the past decade?

  6. How many competitive (purple) states are there?

  7. If the number of competitive states increases what will probably happen to elections to the U.S. Senate?

  8. Why is that?

  9. Explain whether the growth of competitive states will have the same impact On U.S. House elections?

  10. List three Government policies that are probably different in states that are very red versus states that are very blue?

  11. Why is that?

  12. Describe the redness/blueness/purpleness of your state, district, and neighborhood.

  13. If you were to move to a state with a party affiliation most like yours, where would you move?

  14. In the past, neighborhoods and cities were full of both Republicans and Democrats. Demographers tell us that we are becoming more likely to live in communities of similar party affiliation. How will this impact the data in the table and how will that influence American politics?

  15. Explain how the number of competitive states impacts presidential elections?

  16. What is the most Democratic state in America?*

  17. What is the most Republican state?*

  18. What geographical patterns in party affiliation do you think are reflected in a map of this data?

  19. Explain whether the data from the table is good news.

  20. What impact do you think the policies of the current Republican POTUS, House and Senate will have on the number of solidly Republican states in 2020?

Visual Extension*

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Learning Extension

Read the Gallup report on states and party affiliation.

Action Extension

Find out about the political party affiliation of U.S. Senators and see if they roughly match the data from the table. Contact any Senators who do not reflect their state's political party affiliation and ask them to move to another state or resign from the Senate.

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