#7. Muncie

The vote count in Muncie, Ind., has been split down the middle during several recent elections. It’s swing city in what is routinely a swing state. In 2004, George W. Bush won the popular vote here, but Barack Obama picked up narrow wins in the last two elections. Muncie residents largely identify themselves as centrists and don’t often back a candidate simply because of their political affiliation. Several presidential candidates spent time in Muncie during their campaigns. Among the best known are John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

Voters here backed Democrat John Gregg in the last gubernatorial election and helped U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, win in 2012. Luke Messer joined a long line of Republicans who have represented Indiana’s 6th Congressional District, when he won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.  

Residents here are likely to …

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

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