Bizarre Alliance: Tea Party, Dems Against Prop 19

Prop 19’s failure to pass was not a gender thing. It mostly wasn’t a race thing. And it’s not a class thing. According to exit poll data gathered by CNN: it’s a little bit of a Tea Party thing. And surely, Democrats, especially young Democrats, failed to support Prop 19 the way they did the rest of the ticket. But the issue cuts across traditional party lines. Cue the Tea Party. Coming out of the voting booth, the likeliest “no” voters on 19 were Republican conservatives who strongly identified with the Tea Party. They were more likely to be over 66, and out of work. The less schooling they had, the harder they broke against the measure, with those who hadn’t finished high school voting 60-40 against.

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