The Silver State has faced the worst growth of household income for the past five years. One of only two states founded during the Civil War, Nevada is a hotly contested battleground state. In the 2016 presidential election, the Democratic candidate narrowly won its six electoral college votes by two percentage points. This battlefield mentality… Continue Reading ›

Known for its rich Southern history, South Carolina was the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and the first state to secede from the Union during the Civil War. Today, South Carolina features a mix of bustling city centers, beautiful greenery and stunning beaches. Since 1964, the state has been primarily conservative, voting for… Continue Reading ›

Home to multiple national parks and monuments, South Dakota has benefited from a growing tourism industry. South Dakota is the 17th most expansive state, but it’s also the fifth least populated. The Mount Rushmore State also enjoys fertile soil and vast grasslands, making agriculture essential to the state’s economy. South Dakotans are reliably Republican when… Continue Reading ›

The Commonwealth of Kentucky, one of only four official commonwealths in the U.S., was America’s 15th state. The Bluegrass State boasts many natural wonders, including the world’s longest cave system. Historically, the Republican and Democratic parties have been competitive for the state’s votes. Kentuckians voted for Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996… Continue Reading ›

West Virginia struggles with both economic health and population growth. Although the state has leaned Republican since the 2000 presidential election, it did not join in the Supreme Court case against the Affordable Care Act; in fact, it didn’t take a stance at all. The state did, however, opt to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare… Continue Reading ›

Since 1992, Maine’s votes in presidential elections have gone to Democratic candidates. Nonetheless, the state was among the states that challenged the Affordable Care Act and chose not to expand Medicaid. Enrollment through the Years Like most states, Maine uses the federal marketplace in lieu of a state-based exchange. Maine’s enrollment in marketplace health plans… Continue Reading ›

Residents in The Equality State live in the 10th largest state by area and the lowest in population. Wyoming leans right and has traditionally supported Republican candidates for public office, particularly the presidency. Every presidential election, with the exception of 1964, has gone to a Republican candidate. The state currently has a Republican governor, and… Continue Reading ›

The Granite State, America’s fifth-smallest state by area, distinguishes itself on the national political stage in 2017 by having two female senators and two female representatives in the lower chamber. All four of these legislators belong to the Democratic party. New Hampshire voters are famously independent, and the state has a large concentration of registered… Continue Reading ›

America’s fourth-smallest state in area but its most densely populated, New Jersey is ethnically and linguistically diverse. Only about 69 percent of New Jerseyans use English as a primary language. New Jersey is traditionally a Republican state. However, the social climate of The Garden State tends to be more liberal, and since 1992, Democratic candidates… Continue Reading ›

One of the original 13 colonies and home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, Pennsylvania has a rich history to match its vast national forests and farmland. Once a Republican-leaning state, Pennsylvania has recently become competitive during national elections. Urban areas like Philadelphia and Pittsburg tend to be left-leaning, while the rural parts of… Continue Reading ›