City vs. country: The new liberal vs. conservative

Detroit, for many years a Democrat stronghold

Detroit, for many years a Democrat stronghold

In his 2004 speech at the Democratic National Convention, then-Sen. Barack Obama famously declared, “There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America.”

He was wrong.

Because recent presidential elections have made it clear there are, in fact, a liberal America and conservative America.

Fifteen states have voted for the Democratic candidate in every presidential election since 2000, while 22 states have voted Republican in every election since that time.

That means only 13 of the 50 states have swung since the turn of the century. But five of those states


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