Report: Americans Leaving Democrat States, Moving To Republican States


“States that embrace free-market principles are beating jurisdictions that prefer big government to within an inch of their lives,” reads the “Rich State, Poor State” report from the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Consider this statistic: The 10 states that saw the biggest domestic immigration in the previous decade gave their electoral votes to the Republican candidate for president 76 percent of the time during those years; exclude Washington state (primarily the beneficiary of emigration from liberal basket case California) and the number increases to 85 percent.

On the flip side, the states that attracted the least new citizens gave their electoral votes to the Democratic candidate 83 percent of the time; exclude Louisiana, whose population loss owed primarily to Hurricane Katrina rather than economic policy, and the number jumps to an astonishing 93 percent.

The thing is that the people leaving these blue states don’t necessarily leave their “blue” or liberal politics behind them. They move into “red” or conservative states and, instead of voting more conservatively, keep voting liberally and turn those states purple.

So the sad impact of this blue state diaspora isn’t to make America more conservative, but rather more liberal.

Let’s at least be thankful that we live in a federalist republic that allows us to move from state to state like this, effectively voting on policy with our feet.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Guest

    Yes, the migrations are killing the purity of your party.  The ‘others’ are coming.  Almost time for Rushbo to issue the orders.

    Cut the tall trees down.

    • two_amber_lamps

       Sorta like adulterating perfectly good booze….

    • Rob

      I’m not saying anything about the purity of party.  I’m just pointing out that these trends aren’t consolidating conservative voting blocs.  They’re weakening them.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        So your just talking about the purity of Red States, that vote republican, being compromised and not the purity of your party?  Oh, I feel so much better knowing that people like you never saw the world as blue vs. red and that you were just trying to make the case that stronger red states are better for our country.

        Asshat much?

      • Guest

        Maybe, gradually, people are getting less retarded.  Did you consider that?

        • Awfulorv

          How would you explain this Obama infatuation then?

          • Guest

            I would point to the alternatives; e.g. the inventor of Obamacare, Marco ‘Giant Medicare Scammer’ Rubio, et cetera.

            You ran a f*cking pizza czar earlier in the primary for chrissakes.  And some people actually liked him.


          • thevoiceofreason

            To be honest, making pizzas makes you about as qualified as Obama to be president.

          • two_amber_lamps

             So says the VODKA CZAR….


          • Awfulorv

            You can bet your rotten ass I didn’t consider Herman Cain Presidental material.  And, for that matter, Condi Brownrice is not my veep choice, either. You see how easy it is to not make mistakes when voting?

          • Vugg

            ya, an angry, socialist community organizer was just what the country needed.   it’s OK for him and his buddies to make it, but the rest are supposed to be fed by the govt so they will vote for him.  The Great Uniter.    

  • Kevin Flanagan

    Watch for ND to impose an exit tax.

  • borborygmi

    Ahhhh taking over the Red States.

    • $8194357

      Kinda like muslims moving into successful western countries and “taking over” with forced sharia compliance huh fart bubble…
      It it ain’t broke don’t fix it….Worked for the socialists and the communist before them as well, huh fart bubble…
      Almost like they have the “same structure” huh fart bubble…
      Big C commies and jihadists using a little g god, huh fart bubble?

      go figure…

      All the same only different…

      It is what it is useful idiot apoligist…
      Not what ever marxist word smithing thing ya want to call it at the moment..

      Abe Lincoln:
      The tail will not become a fifth leg just because ya call it one..
      The tail will remain what it is….a tail…..

      Smart ole country boy he was, huh fart bubble…
      caught on to your leftist tricks way back in the day…

    • Vugg

      yup, running the blue states out of other people money’s so the parasites move to the next place they can infest.  their momma’s must be soooo proud of their little govt chick-a-dees.

  • sbark

    So then……….as the dem’cats who voted for what their running from ……….move to a red state, with the intentions of running the place into the ground again………….

    …………sounds like a reason for the new prospective employers to be able to find a little about these wandering souls………….

    ……….so we come full circle to the employer asking “to be facebook friends etc”  again…..and or read is vehicles bumperstickers……..and or extend the intiial probation period for the job.  Getting a reference from another Leftist in the old red state aint gonna cut it…….

    We have some mildly retarted leftists on here that claim they’ve never voted Dem’ until this year…….they hide who they are, even if they dont run for office.

  • Hal649

    This has been happening for quite a while and proves that liberalism doesn’t produce anything close to an utopia, rather, it destroys economic and personal freedoms until the unfortunate inhabitants flee.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

       Or maybe it just proves that people are moving out of the more expensive areas to live a more comfortable life where you don’t have to compete as aggressively?  Or maybe they are just moving back to their home due to the economy?

    • $8194357

      10X Hal

  • mickey_moussaoui

    libs…like parasites to a host

    • $8194357

      Fattened ticks on a dog..
      Blood sucking leeches..

    • Guest

      What’s that?  The Red States still take what the Blue States make?  It’s a nice analogy… to bad it fails, parasite.

  • mikemc1970

    That’s why welfare recipient drug testing is so crucial in red states. When they learn that they can no longer suckle at the government teat, they turn around and go back to the blue states, that wouldn’t dream of instituting such a law.

    • realitybasedbob

      Welfare drug-testing yields 2% positive results
      Since the state began testing welfare applicants for drugs in July, about 2 percent have tested positive, preliminary data shows.

      Ninety-six percent proved to be drug free — leaving the state on the hook to reimburse the cost of their tests.

      The initiative may save the state a few dollars anyway, bearing out one of Gov. Rick Scott’s arguments for implementing it. But the low test fail-rate undercuts another of his arguments: that people on welfare are more likely to use drugs.

      In related news, gop Governor’s family owns 70% of drug testing company.

      In an interview with CNN last year, Scott defended mandatory drug testing, promising it would “protect children” and stop the government from “subsidizing” drug addiction.

      This came after the governor faced heat from ethical commissioners over his family’s 70 percent ownership of shares in Solantic, a health-care corporation Scott co-founded in 2011 that provides drug testing and services to Medicaid patients.

      The stock purportedly had been transferred to his wife, but increased
      pressure forced Scott to sell the shares at a discounted $60 million to
      avoid a conflict of interest, said Scott spokeswoman Amy Graham.

      State Worker Drug Tests Struck Down in Florida
      A federal court in Miami ruled Thursday that Gov. Rick Scott’s order to randomly test a majority of state employees for drugs is unconstitutional, saying there is not a compelling enough reason to do so.

      • mikemc1970

        Those urine tests are easy to beat by flushing your system with water and taking B vitamins to keep your urine stream yellow in color. The hair test is a much more accurate and much more difficult to fake. I would also use it on people getting unemployment, state workers, and all politicians running for office.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        It’s too bad that mikemc1970 wont read this information, or learn from it if he does.  There’s one objective in the mind of a true conservative; ignore all fact and formulate your own opinion to suit your own narrowed and distorted view of the world, then try to convince everyone they should be as ignorant as you are.

        • mikemc1970

          You’re talking to bob and calling him ignorant. Some buddy you are. And you’re projecting again.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            And here comes the proof.  Hey, mikey, did you read anything Rbb wrote and learn from it? 

            Let’s hear it!

          • mikemc1970

            There was nothing bob wrote that I wasn’t already aware of. I did learn something from what you wrote and that is you are an ignorant little hater who is as morally and intellectually as he is financially bankrupt. But I learned that a long time ago so it doesn’t really count.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

             So you knew that only 2% of those on public assistance, of some form, are using drugs, but you stated they needed to be tested anyway.  Is this because you are emotionally insecure or because you are morally fatigued?

            Really, it didn’t take long for you to prove me right.  You can’t help but express how ignorant and uninformed you are.  Must bet that top grade home schooling you get, eh?

            By the way, you might want to work on your writing capabilities, because that disaster you left behind was embarrassing.

            So how much did I make last year mikey?  Why don’t you tell me, since you seem to know.  Then tell me how much you made.

          • mikemc1970

            And I bet you wonder why you have to keep creating sock puppets to get people to talk to you. Pathetic.

        • Vugg

          and the lib objective is to drag everyone else down to their miserable level since they aren’t able to survive without feeding at the govt trough.    how come we don’t have any skinny poor people in the USA ?  the ones i see whining look pretty well fed.   of course if you lay on the porch all day in between feeding and breeding times, i guess it doesn’t burn a lot of calories.  all hail king obummer, queen nancy and good ol’ “we like junk mail ” reid.   it would be hilarous if it wasn’t destroying the country.

          • $8194357

            And they will call you rascist no matter what reason you object their agendas upon….



            Around this time of year, I sometimes hear from parents who have been appalled to learn that the child they sent away to college to become educated has instead been indoctrinated with the creed of the Left. They often ask if I can suggest something to have their offspring read over the summer, in order to counteract this indoctrination.
            This year the answer is a no-brainer. It is a book with the unwieldy title: No Matter What . . . They’ll Call This Book Racist by Harry Stein, a writer for what is arguably America’s best magazine, City Journal. In a little over 200 very readable pages, the author deftly devastates with facts the nonsense about race that dominates much of what is said in the media and in academia.
            There is no subject on which lies and half-truths have become so much the norm on ivy-covered campuses than is the subject of race. Moreover, anyone who even questions these lies and half-truths is almost certain to be called a “racist,” especially in academic institutions that loudly proclaim a “diversity” that is confined to demographics, and all but forbidden when it comes to a diversity of ideas.

      • Jfisher17

        In other news, drug testing for potential new employees at thousands of companies continues, with no compelling reason that would be any different from what was proposed in Florida.

  • Random Passerby

    But the Libs will get it right THIS time. Really.

  • Gern Blanston

    This highlights another reason why lefties want to nationalize as many policies as possible. If all states are subject to the same laws; e.g. you can’t escape ‘fairer’ taxation by fleeing Minnesota for North Dakota, then they can ‘prove’ that their redistribution policies actually work. Maybe more importantly, they could more easily hide the fact that their policies fail – at least until the entire country is suffering under the failed policies, but by then enough would be at the dole that no one would vote to change the policies.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      Or maybe it highlights the fact that conservative-capitalism is only good for those making over 150k a year and so those who make less need to go back to their homes in red states where making less still enables you to survive and live more comfortably?  Maybe that’s a big reflection on the policies of conservatives who make the wealthy, extremely wealthy and the middle-class more poor?

      • Gern Blanston

        So those who make less than $150K/year benefit from moving back to Red States where making less still enables them to survive and live more comfortably. Whereas if they live in blue states they cannot survive on less than $150K/year? If that is true, why is it so? How does this show a failure of conservative (red-state) capitalism if those making less are better off in the red states? You just wrote that red-state capitalism makes the middle-class more poor.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          Because homes cost more because everyone would love to own beach front property or live near the coast.  The cost of living is more because everyone moves to SF, LA, SD to work in technology sector.

          I’m glad people can afford to live comfortably in the red states, but don’t lie to yourself and ignore the fact that everyone wishes they could make it in the valley.

          • Gern Blanston

            ..and the cost of living in CA has NOTHING to do with the bloated CA government and their out-of-control spending. Or their related problems with amnesty in many cities for illegals, while giving them the full benefits of citizenship?

            I acknowledge most of the 20trh century was an era where folks flocked to the ‘good life’ of CA. I remember the bumper stickers some locals had: “Welcome to California – now go home.” Yet these days I am not hearing as much about people’s desire to flock to CA. I’m sure the Si VCalley still has their imports, given the tech sector strength. But the state as a whole is not seeing this influx, are they?

            As for ‘everyone’s desire to live in the valley': Sorry, I don’t personally relate: I left red ND for school and work, I came back after dealing with the leftist policies and taxes that came with them while living in Washington and Minnesota. As for the genrel public, I think you’re overstating things. I’ve never know folks whoe had a desire to move to the Si valley. True, many would love ocean front property or similar scenic views. But there isn’t a wave of folks rushing to CA to get in on that scene – arguably becasue your taxes are too high and confiscatory.

      • Gern Blanston

        Maybe you meant to say ‘go back to their homes in blue states’
        That would be more consistent with the remainder of your post.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          I don’t think so.  When I live in SF, and worked in the Silicon Valley, most people were from other states, very few were natives to California, as I was.

          We don’t mind taking the best and brightest, but why are you in denial to admit that those who don’t make it return home to their blue states? 

          • Gern Blanston

            Because I personnaly have never seen this phenomenon. I don’t know folks who noved to a red state, failed in their career and moved back to a blue state to start over. But I live in Fargo, ND where growth has been constant for 40+ years despite ups and downs in the energy sector out west; and despite agricultural ups and downs. Interestingly, across the river in Morhead, MN, growth has been much smaller as a percentage over the last 40 years (25% growth to 97% in Fargo since 1970).

            But I guess your point is that in tough times, the Blue states talke care of theirs – and the red states force their struggling masses to blue states. I haven’t personaly seen this.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            I meant those in Red States leave them and return home when times are tough in Blue States, yes.

      • Vugg

        hey handy, ever thought of trying to make it on your own rather than look for others to blame ?  you sound like another bitter loser that only ever got a participation trophy.  but it was prbly really really hard to win a ‘real’ trophy so just take one from someone who earned it.  after all, you exist, therefore WE owe you

  • Chad Geist

    We can only hope that the people leaving the liberal states are the conservatives that are tired of dealing with what the liberals are doing to the state. :-)

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      We hope for as much as well.

      • Gern Blanston

        For those in California, you’ll need al the libs you can get to make up for the conservatives leaving the confiscatory CA tax burden.

  • The Fighting Czech

    this happened back in Oregon back in the 80’s  the Californians escaped with the big money they got for their properties back home,  moved to Oregon for a better life….. and promptly  proceeded to make it  into what they  left behind… now look at it….

  • Bat One

    Actually, those of us who live in the “Right-to-Work” sunbelt states will gladly welcome the refugees from those high cost of living, high tax Blue States.  And if they can show a proper, picture ID, we’ll even let them vote!