Is Pennsylvania a conservative or liberal state?

Pennsylvania residents have waffled back and forth for the past 20 years as if they are searching for answers but not finding them. In 1994, Pennsylvania voters elected a Republican governor. He was succeeded by another Republican governor who was replaced by a Democrat in the 2002 election. He remained in office until being replaced with a Republican in the 2010 election. He was in turn replaced by another Democrat in the 2014 election.

In the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, Pennsylvania voters went with the Democrats by margins ranging from 10.4% to only 2.5%. However, in the 2016 presidential election, they went Republican by the narrow margin of only 0.7%.

Currently, the Pennsylvania state legislature has a significant Republican majority in both the Senate and House. One has to wonder why the voters of the Keystone State keep switching back and forth and why they currently have a GOP led legislature and a Democrat as governor.

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