THE HOTLINE PONDERS THE SHOW-ME STATE'S ELECTION OUTCOME
HOW DID NIXON WIN SO BIG AND OBAMA APPEAR TO FALL SHORT?
Just 4,778 votes separate John McCain and Barack Obama BUT "Terry Jones, professor of political science at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, said the state is now solidly Republican and that an Obama win was a longshot. Missouri is socially conservative and still boasts an evangelical population (35%) that exceeds national numbers (26%). The magnitude of the Nixon win, not the narrowness of Obama's loss, is the notable exception. "If you take a careful look at the numbers," he said of Missouri's bellwether status, "it was slip sliding away and has been for the past eight years."
The Hotline also picks up the term that The Notebook first coined, and kind of botches it: "It turns out there were a lot of split ticket voters in Missouri this year; local reporters have taken to calling them "McNixons."