#4. Bristol

Most candidates running for office in Bristol, Tenn., make it clear they lean towards the right of the political spectrum. Residents largely identify themselves as Republicans. By one local observer’s count, four out of the five members of Bristol’s City Council are conservatives. Bristol, a predominately white community, is home to a NASCAR short track and more than 30 churches.

Rep. Phil Roe, a far-right Republican according to GovTrack, has held office since 2009. Republicans have held the 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1881. Roe has strongly supported anti-abortion legislation, opposed cap-and-tax measures, and cosponsored a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons across state lines.  

Residents here are likely to …

  • drive a Buick.
  • eat at Hardee’s.
  • shop at American Eagle Outfitters.
  • watch The Bachelorette.
  • read Good Housekeeping.

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