As recently as a few days ago, DuPage County clung to its belief that it was the greatest Republican stronghold in Illinois and one of the nation's reddest counties by hosting not one but two of the GOP frontrunners for the presidential nomination--John McÇain and Mitt Romney. Then election day came, and for the first time in history more voters in DuPage picked Democratic ballots than Republican. What's going on?
People voting in the Democratic primary outnumbered those participating in the GOP primary by 24,000. Of the county's 549,621 registered voters, 20 percent selected Republican ballots while nearly one-fourth voted Democratic.
What's the story beyond the numbers? Is it the historic nature of the Democratic primary--between a woman and a black--that made Republicans pull Democratic ballots? If so, were people voting FOR a particular Democrat or AGAINST a particular Democrat? What other reasons might explain the shift toward Democratic dominance in DuPage?