The states in red are the 10 states where there are the most people who do not pay income tax. Mitt Romney, who described those who pay no income tax as people who are “dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.”
Polling and conventional wisdom suggest that all of the red moocher states but two — New Mexico and Florida — are solidly voting for Romney. The states that are sure bets for Romney are, in order of percentage of moochers who pay no income tax: Mississipi, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas and Idaho. New Mexico, which leans Obama, ranks fourth and Florida, a swing state in which the president has led in recent polls, ranks ninth.
Ezra Klein at the Washington Posts predicts that these ten moocher states will provide 95 electoral votes for Romney and five for the president.
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