Will Red States Always Be Red?

Mike Weisser
3 min readFeb 16, 2024

I think a new report about the national economy may finally give us some hints as to why the MAGA support for Trump is so angry, so determined and so committed to make America ‘great’ again.

What they really mean by ‘great,’ of course, is white. And the problem with skin color is that it’s not only a human characteristic which is easy to spot, but it often tells you what and how that person actually thinks.

Anyway, the report comes out of the Bureau of Economic Analysis covering the GDP of each state for the 3rd Quarter of 2023. The report covers four key metrics: job growth, personal income growth, gross domestic product growth and prices at the pump for gasoline.

Now here’s the interesting point going back to what I said above: Four of the five states which delivered higher-than-average economic numbers in 2023 went for Trump in 2020: Idaho, Texas, South Carolina, and Utah. The fifth overperforming state — Wisconsin — went for Joe.

Why did these four red states have the strongest economies last year? Because since 2020, all four states have experienced significant population growth, and most of this increase reflects younger, more educated people moving into urban locations attracted by better jobs.

Guess what? These new red-state residents are mostly former residents of blue states like…