Reddest Reds, Bluest Blues: Obama-Romney Contest

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People celebrate in front of the White House on Nov. 7, 2012.

Now that we’ve left behind the obsessive coverage and minute slicing-and-dicing of the swing states that constituted the end-all and be-all of the 2012 presidential election, we were left wondering: Where did the landslides occur?

Defining that as any place where one of the candidates got at least 60 percent of the vote, the final (though unofficial) Associated Press tally shows Mitt Romney hitting that target in 10 states, while Barack Obama reached it in six, plus the District of Columbia.

The president carried that latter jurisdiction with 91.4 percent of the vote. Apparently, Washingtonians didn’t want to deal with the hassle of a new family moving into the White House. Obama’s next best showing came in Hawaii, his birthplace (Donald Trump’s questions notwithstanding), where he racked up 70.6 percent.

Here are the other bluest of the blue states, with Obama’s total vote in percentages: Vermont (67), Rhode Island (62.9), New York (62.6), Maryland (61.7), and Massachusetts (60.8).

Romney’s fellow Mormons propelled him to his most impressive victory — in Utah, where he got 72.8 percent of the vote. Wyoming proved the next most Romney-friendly state, rewarding him with 69.3 percent of its support.

And here are the other reddest of the red states, also with  Romney’s total in percentages: Oklahoma (66.8), Idaho (64.5), West Virginia (62.3), Alabama (60.7), Arkansas, Kentucky and Nebraska (60.5 in each), and Kansas (60).

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