Amazon workers in Albany, New York, vote against unionization with a vote of 8 to 1. (Photo: Tim Ryding/Flickr)
New York is a blue state — in electoral history, blue states usually vote for the Democratic candidate. In 2014, President Obama won a second term by a 5.7 percentage point. But the majority of voters there are white.
And while there are many theories explaining why, in New York, Republicans tend not to do well at the ballot box, there are at least two that make a lot of sense.
One is a more recent explanation — one that is not a theory. In fact, there’s strong evidence that the party system in New York has shifted.
New York has had an ever-growing electorate for many years. So the party bosses in Gotham — Democratic and Republican alike — decided to make the state more amenable so that Republican candidates in New York could win.
In 1972, the GOP had only won 27 of the state’s 59 counties. But five years later, four out of five counties were Republicans. In 1980, the GOP had only won 27 of the state’s 55 counties. That year, four of the five counties were Republican.
The GOP has never lost a county. However, the number of Republican voters had grown from 30 percent in 1980 to 53 percent in 2012, according to the Center for Politics at the University of New Hampshire.
Another explanation for New York’s lack of success — and its growing popularity — is that the state isn’t liberal enough. The nation has become more racially diverse since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There are more Asians, blacks, Hispanics, and women in a population that has never been more racially diverse than in New York State, where a black student with an IQ of 120 has a better chance of getting into a top school than any kid in New York City.
However, a number of factors have gone the Democrats’ way in New York. The state’s strong social safety net and economic support from the Empire State’s biggest industry — finance — have allowed the