HOT BLAST: Where you were born and who you voted for in 2012
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Daniel Webster
Daniel Webster
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If you like presidential elections and crunching numbers after the fact, then answer this question: Does a state's number of "native" residents have an impact on which candidate win its electoral votes?

The answer: It depends -- on many factors.

This report from the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia uses new data from the U.S. Census Bureau to try to answer that question. What it found is diverse, complicated and fascinating. It also has a heavy reference to Daniel Webster, the famous American senator of the 1800s.

The short answer is that more states with low percentages of native-born residents voted Democratic in the 2012 election. However, that statistic is skewed by the fact that so many states such as Ohio and Michigan -- upper Midwest states with lots of residents who were born there -- were won by Barack Obama, as well.

Take a few minutes and look over the charts. It's interesting to look at Alabama, with 70 percent of its residents being native-born, and see how it and its sister states in the Deep South compare to the rest of the nation.

-- Phillip Tutor

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