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If DEMOGRAPHICS ARE DESTINY, 2012 could be big | Campaign 2012

August 29, 2011

August 29, 2011

If demographics are destiny, 2012 could be big

By Mark Tapscott Editorial Page Editor

If demographics are destiny, then conservatives should be in the driver’s seat for the 2012 election because liberal blue states are net population losers while red states are net gainers.

Michael Medved makes the point in a column this morning on The Daily Beast that is based 2012 U.S. Census Bureau on net in and out migration among the states.

“Between 2009 and 2010 the five biggest losers in terms of ‘residents lost to other states’ were all prominent redoubts of progressivism: California, New York, Illinois, Michigan, and New Jersey,” Medved writes.

“Meanwhile, the five biggest winners in the relocation sweepstakes are all commonly identified as red states in which Republicans generally dominate local politics: Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Arizona, and Georgia,” he said.

“Expanding the review to a 10-year span, the biggest population gainers (in percentage terms) have been even more conservative than last year’s winners: Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Texas, in that order.”

The contrast between Texas and California most vividly brings this trend into focus. The Washington Examiner’s Mark Hemingway did a five-part series comparing the two states and assessing why each has become leading symbols of red state growth and blue-state dysfunction.

You can read that series herehereherehere and here.

With Texas Gov. Rick Perry now the front-runner in several national polls for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination,  others in the mainstream media are just now beginning to report on and assess the facts about how Texas compares with other states, including California.

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