This absolutely blew my mind when I saw it last night. Gallup has run another of it's regular state-by-state political affiliation polls and to call the results surprising would be akin to calling Ken Ham slightly misinformed on biology and paleontology.
Here's the full Gallup article.
Here are some things of note:
* Republicans have officially lost the northeast completely. The entire northeast from Maine over to Minnesota and down to Virginia and Arkansas are listed as Solid Democratic.
* 30 of the 50 states are solid democratic including the afore-mentioned northeast corner of the country, the entire west coast, and New Mexico. An additional 8 states are leaning democratic including traditional "red" states like Georgia, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
* Only 4 states are still listed as Solid Republican - Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Alaska with Alabama coming in as leaning Republican.
* Notice something missing from that list of solid or leaning Republican states? Hmmm.... maybe Texas... wait a minute... TEXAS?!?! Yes, Texas. THE Republican stronghold of strongholds which has always been to Republicans what my home state of New York is to Democrats is in play according to Gallup. Poll results show 40% of the people identifying themselves as Republican and 42% identifying themselves as Democrat. It's a statistically insignificant advantage for democrats but the simple fact that it's even contested has to send alarm bells ringing at the RNC.
* Perhaps the most telling stat of all - this is all despite the fact that Democratic support is *DOWN* from the last poll run from July - December 2008. Rather than getting any kind of boost from this, the Republican party's support is also down. There was a spike in people who identify themselves as Independent. The fact that the Republican party no longer even looks appealing to people upset with the Dems anymore should be very worrying for party leaders.