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Continued: Schafer: They vote Republican in the land of equality

  • Article by: LEE SCHAFER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 19, 2014 - 4:22 PM

Education? The Sixth has the 10th-highest rate among congressional districts for high school diplomas, but is nowhere near that high a ranking for the percentage of residents with college degrees. About 27 percent have a college degree vs. more than 43 percent in Ellison’s Democratic-leaning urban district.

Wealthy? Not really, as the Sixth’s per capita income is higher than the national average but lower than the statewide average. But only about 8 percent live below the poverty line, a far lower number than both the state and national averages. Not well off, but not poor, either.

What really sets the Sixth apart is its family structure, as it has the most residents under age 18 of all eight congressional districts in Minnesota.

When you consider that set of facts, you can understand why Dean said he advised his friend that the best places to find lots of Republicans are areas that are growing in population and have relatively large single-family houses with brightly colored plastic play equipment in fenced-in back yards. There need to be lots of big-box retail stores within easy driving distance, too.

That isn’t a place every Minnesotan can afford or every Minnesotan who can will desire. It’s just more likely a Republican will.

 

lee.schafer@startribune.com • 612-673-4302

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