The pandemic saw people leave Democratic blue states in droves and head towards sunnier climes in the red states of the south to escape the strict covid mandates, high taxes, woke culture, homelessness, police defunding, and spiraling crime. Still, others are moving purely because of economics – the blue states are expense areas.
A migration report from moving company North American Moving Services found those living in the states of New York, California, Illinois, New Jersey, and Maryland headed for Arizona, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Idaho.
The worry for many of the red states who are the recipients of newfound state citizens – is that they will bring their politics that caused the problems in blue states in the first place. The question is, whether the people moving from the blue states are conservatives moving to red states to make it redder. Or is this shift in intra-state demographics ready to make red states bluer.
Anecdotal evidence may show that the latter may be more true. Arizona was always considered a safe red state – it is not today. North Carolina, Texas, and Florida are also of concern. Some say that it is the other way around. They cite statistics like; 58% of voters say they want to leave California due to high taxes and 47% because of the political culture. Though on specific issues they may have a few self-interests that intersects with some conservative ideas – in the end, the majority may still vote Democrat.
Consider the Joe Rogan effect. Will he and others like him be voting conservative after his move to Texas?
We can only hope that the people moving from the blue states to the red states of America understand clearly why they moved. Otherwise, this demographic intra-state shift could be troublesome for conservatives and the Electoral College map.