MASSACHUSETTS, most famous for not having a red bar next to the year 1972 in the chart above, is the most famously blue state, but it's not quite the outlier it used to be. Its present partisan leaning became noticeable in 1928, when the first Catholic nominee (Al Smith) helped to boost turnout past 1.5 million and gave the Democrats a 1.1 point victory. By 1964, turnout was up to 2.3 million, and Johnson set records for both his percentage (76.2%, the highest ever against a Republican) and margin of victory (1,236,695). Obama's victory in 2008 was impressive (61.8% and a margin of 795,244) was impressive, but the slow-growing Bay State is not a big source of new Democratic voters these days. Massachusetts, by far the most Democratic state in 1972, ranked 8th in 2008, and it may drop lower in 2012.