Daily Archives: Nov. 27, 2012

Kansans have little in common with national voters

How much do Kansas voters differ from voters nationally? A lot. Political science professor Bob Beatty noted some of the striking differences reflected in exit polling, including: Mitt Romney won the male vote in Kansas by a whopping 40 points (69 to 29 percent). Nationally, Romney won men by 7 points (52 to 45 percent). Among younger voters, ages 18-29, Romney won by 13 points in Kansas (54 to 41 percent), while nationally Obama won those voters by 23 points. One big difference between Kansas and national demographics is race. Nationally, white voters made up 72 percent of all voters, and they went for Romney by 20 points (59 to 39 percent). In Kansas, whites were 87 percent of all voters and went for Romney by 31 points (64 to 33 percent). White men went for Romney by 27 points nationally (62 to 35 percent), but in Kansas 74 percent of all white men voted for Romney, giving him a 50-point advantage over Obama.

Some GOP movement on taxes

A few Republicans are backing away from the Grover Norquist pledge to never, ever raise taxes no matter what. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, New York Rep. Peter King and a few other lawmakers have indicated that they would support some revenue increases (preferably by eliminating deductions and tax loopholes rather than by raising rates) as part of a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” But many GOP lawmakers are still scared that violating the pledge will result in a tea party challenge during their next election.