New York's House delegation is now 27-2 Democratic, or 93%. (If
you add in the senators it goes up to 94%.) For comparison, Texas's
House delegation is 63% Republican, Florida's is 60% Republican, and
California's (counting Garamendi) is 64% Democratic.
In recent memory, has such a large state been so totally
dominated by a single party? The largest I can think of are
Massachusetts today (100% Dem) and Oklahoma in the late '90s (100%
While we're at it: Why has the GOP collapsed in rural upstate New York but not in rural
central Pennsylvania? I know there are cultural differences between
the two (Yankee vs. Scots-Irish) but it's a striking divide nonetheless.
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