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    States with the most liberals

    With midterm elections quickly approaching, candidates and pollsters are increasingly focused on how voters could impact the future political landscape of the United States. The House of Representatives, which is currently controlled by Republicans, could shift in favor of Democrats. This means that people are paying more attention to how liberals across the country will vote in November.

    In particular, analysts are turning their attention toward metropolitan areas that Republicans in Congress currently represent, including California’s Orange County as well as Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, Miami, New York, and Minneapolis. These seats are considered to be vulnerable, and increased voter turnout could easily decide an election winner.

    Using Gallup data, Stacker ranked each state first by the percentage of residents who identify as liberals and then by the percentage of residents who consider themselves to be liberal-leaning. If both percentages were the same for more than one state, that ranking was considered to be tied, and is noted as such.

    Nationally, 24% of Americans identify as liberals, while 33% of Americans identify as conservatives and 36% identify as moderates.

    Read on to find out which states are most likely to house a Democratic voter—and which states are the ones to watch on Nov. 6.

    ALSO: States with the most conservatives 

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    #50. Wyoming

    Estimated state population in 2017: 579,315

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 13%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 27%

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    #49. Mississippi

    Estimated state population in 2017: 2,984,100

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 14%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 38%

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    #48. North Dakota

    Estimated state population in 2017: 755,393

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 15%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 28%

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    #47. South Dakota

    Estimated state population in 2017: 869,666

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 15%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 35%

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    #46. Alabama

    Estimated state population in 2017: 4,874,747

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 16%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 35%

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    #45. Alaska

    Estimated state population in 2017: 739,795

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 17%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 31%

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    #44. Oklahoma

    Estimated state population in 2017: 3,930,864

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 17%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 35%

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    #43. Arkansas

    Estimated state population in 2017: 3,004,279

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 17%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 36%

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    #42. South Carolina

    Estimated state population in 2017: 5,024,369

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 17%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 37%

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    #41. Louisiana

    Estimated state population in 2017: 4,684,333

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 17%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 40%

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    #40. Utah

    Estimated state population in 2017: 3,101,833

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 18%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 29%

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    #39. Kansas

    Estimated state population in 2017: 2,913,123

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 18%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 34%

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    #38. Tennessee

    Estimated state population in 2017: 6,715,984

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 18%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 35%

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    #37. West Virginia

    Estimated state population in 2017: 1,815,857

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 19%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 40%

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    #36. Texas

    Estimated state population in 2017: 28,304,596

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 20%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 38%

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    #35. Kentucky

    Estimated state population in 2017: 4,454,189

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 20%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 41%

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    #34. Nebraska

    Estimated state population in 2017: 1,920,076

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 21%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 35%

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    #33. Montana

    Estimated state population in 2017: 1,050,493

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 21%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 37%

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    #32. Missouri

    Estimated state population in 2017: 6,113,532

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 21%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 38%

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    #31. Ohio

    Estimated state population in 2017: 11,658,609

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 21%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 41%

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    #30. Georgia

    Estimated state population in 2017: 10,429,379

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 21%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 42%

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    #29. North Carolina

    Estimated state population in 2017: 10,273,419

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 21%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 44%

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    #28. Idaho

    Estimated state population in 2017: 1,716,943

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 22%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 31%

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    #27. Indiana

    Estimated state population in 2017: 6,666,818

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 22%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 41%

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    #25 (tie). Florida

    Estimated state population in 2017: 20,984,400

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 22%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 42%

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    #25 (tie). Nevada

    Estimated state population in 2017: 2,998,039

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 22%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 42%

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    #24. Arizona

    Estimated state population in 2017: 7,016,270

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 23%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 40%

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    #23. Wisconsin

    Estimated state population in 2017: 5,795,483

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 23%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 43%

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    #21 (tie). Michigan

    Estimated state population in 2017: 9,962,311

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 23%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 45%

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    #21 (tie). Virginia

    Estimated state population in 2017: 8,470,020

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 23%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 45%

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    #20. Iowa

    Estimated state population in 2017: 3,145,711

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 24%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 42%

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    #19. Pennsylvania

    Estimated state population in 2017: 12,805,537

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 24%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 46%

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    #18. New Hampshire

    Estimated state population in 2017: 1,342,795

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 25%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 43%

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    #17. New Mexico

    Estimated state population in 2017: 2,088,070

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 25%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 48%

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    #16. Hawaii

    Estimated state population in 2017: 1,427,538

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 25%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 50%

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    #15. Minnesota

    Estimated state population in 2017: 5,576,606

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 27%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 47%

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    #14. New Jersey

    Estimated state population in 2017: 9,005,644

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 27%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 48%

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    #13. Illinois

    Estimated state population in 2017: 12,802,023

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 27%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 50%

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    #12. Delaware

    Estimated state population in 2017: 961,939

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 28%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 45%

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    #11. Colorado

    Estimated state population in 2017: 5,607,154

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 28%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 46%

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    #10. Rhode Island

    Estimated state population in 2017: 1,059,639

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 29%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 48%

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    #9. Maryland

    Estimated state population in 2017: 6,052,177

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 29%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 56%

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    #8. Maine

    Estimated state population in 2017: 1,335,907

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 30%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 47%

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    #7. Washington

    Estimated state population in 2017: 7,405,743

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 30%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 49%

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    #5 (tie). California

    Estimated state population in 2017: 39,536,653

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 30%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 51%

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    #5 (tie). Connecticut

    Estimated state population in 2017: 3,588,184

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 30%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 51%

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    #4. Oregon

    Estimated state population in 2017: 4,142,776

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 31%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 49%

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    #3. New York

    Estimated state population in 2017: 19,849,399

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 31%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 52%

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    #2. Massachusetts

    Estimated state population in 2017: 6,859,819

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 35%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 57%

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    #1. Vermont

    Estimated state population in 2017: 623,657

    Percent of state residents who are liberal: 39%

    Percent of state residents who are Democratic-leaning: 52%

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