The (almost) bluest skies you've ever seen are in Seattle.
WASHINGTON was a swing state for most of the 20th century and was a bit more Republican than the US as a whole as late as 1976, when Ford beat Carter here. SInce then, the state has become more and more solidly Democratic as it's grown in population. In 1972, 1.5 million people voted in Washington, and Nixon carried the state for the Republicans with 56.9% and a margin of 268,801. By 2008, the electorate had doubled, to 3.1 million, and Obama carried the state with 57.3% and a record margin of 521,632. As the electorate gets larger, will Washington get too vote-heavy to swing again?