The Southern Political Report examines Arkansas, “the reddest blue state” after Election ’08, and scratches its head at the weirdness:
In some respects Arkansas represents a rare success story for the Republicans this year. The home of former President Bill Clinton gave the Republican field a surprisingly competitive presidential contender in former Gov. Mike Huckabee, and last week, Arkansas became, in (John) Brummett’s words, the “buckle on the anti-Barack belt.” No state had more counties vote more Republican than they did in the 2004 presidential election. Bush won the state by nine points in 2004; McCain won it by 20 last week.
Down the ballot, however, the red turns quickly to blue.