Republicans in the rear window.
MICHIGAN was once the most Republican big state in America. Calvin Coolidge got 75% in 1924, and his margin of 722,272 votes remained a state record until 1964. That was when almost every demographic group — including union members, Catholics, and blacks — sided with Lyndon Johnson, who got 67% and a new record margin of 1,076,463. That Democratic advantage didn't last long, as Michigan voted for Republicans in five consecutive elections from 1972 through 1988. Since then, it's been part of the "blue wall," and the state cast a record 5.01 million votes in 2008, giving Obama a margin of 823,940.