Clinton's decisive win was indicative of a major shift toward the Democratic Party throughout the Northeast in the 1990s. Connecticut had previously been a Republican-leaning swing state, with Republicans winning it in the 1980s but Clinton carrying it by a fairly close 42-36 plurality in 1992. However in 1996 Clinton not only won by double digits, but swept every county in the state, including traditionally Republican Fairfield County and Litchfield County, the first Democrat to do so since 1964. Clinton's gains proved enduring, as every county except Litchfield has voted Democratic in all the elections that have followed. Consequently the state has become a reliably blue state in presidential elections, with Democratic nominees winning the state by double digits in every election since.