Talk:As Maine goes, so goes the nation
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Was it really a bellweather state?
Looking at the maps of Presidential elections since 1860, the impression I get is that Maine was a normally reliable Republican state, only going Democrat on rare occasions in unusual circumstances (e.g. 1912) and being one of the few to stay Republican in 1932. Was it really a bellweather state or was it the frequent Republican victories over seventy years that gave an artificial impression? Timrollpickering 19:55, 16 October 2005 (UTC)
- It's really irrelevant whether, scientifically, it was a bellwether state, merely that it was at one time considered to be a bellwether state. --Xinoph 03:16, 22 December 2005 (UTC)
Major Revision Needed
I am fairly certain the quote is not, "As Maine Goes, So Goes the Nation," but in fact the quote was "As Ohio Goes, So Goes the Nation." Ohio was the state whose voting pattern reflected the voting pattern of the Nation.
The "As Maine Goes, So Goes Vermont" was meant as a joke, because when FDR ran for President, he won the popular vote in all states except for Maine and Vermont. Hence, "As Main Goes, So Goes Vermont," was a mockery of the original quote.
Look at this article for a start, until I can find better sources: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/05/AR2008030503510.html —Preceding unsigned comment added by Matthew Biebel (talk • contribs) 02:09, 1 March 2010 (UTC)