Yes, they are voting with their feet alright, moving to NH and bringing their liberal politics and views with them. Now we have another democratic govenor. The last one DOUBLED the states budget (in one term she doubled the entire budget, an amount which took the entire history of the state to reach!). John F'n Kerry bumper stickers abound here as well. This state is no longer what it once was. It is quickly becoming Mass 2.
The Free Staters who are Massachusetts escapees aren't the ones who are bringing left-wing politics - we're the ones who are going to help you fight against it!
Now we have another democratic govenor.
The margin of Lynch's victory was 14,413 votes, 14,960 of which were cast in Merrimack county, and 13,778 of which were cast in the city of Concord.
Lynch also won significant margins in Cheshire, Sullivan, and Grafton counties, along the Vermont border.
Look at the vote results in towns near Massachusetts - Merrimack had a Republican sweep, for example, and Hillsborough and Rockingham counties, along the border of eastern Massachusetts, both returned strong margins of victory for Benson.
Pelham, the town closest to Boston along I93, posted 57.7% for Benson. Proceeding northeast up the border, Salem was 56.1% Benson, Atkinson was 59.6% Benson, Plaistow was 57.3% Benson. Further up, you start into the Hampton/Portsmouth leftist enclave and the margins get smaller - Newton was 50.8% Benson and Seabrook was 50.9%, but he lost South Hampton by 21 votes.
Our problem isn't the people escaping from Massachusetts' leftist tyranny, our problem is granola-eatin', tree-huggin', sandal-wearin', patchouli-stinkin' tax-and-spend Vermonters coming across the river, and state employees who think they have a God-given right to a cushy government job and a comfortable pension regardless of the financial health of the state. That is, the same state employees whose featherbeds Gov. Benson was overturning on behalf of the productive citizens of this state.
Instead of looking south, look west - Sun Tzu said that if you know yourself, but do not know the enemy, for every victory you will suffer a defeat.
To turn this around and put a stop to the Mass 2 slide, you should vigorously support and promote the Free State Project. How much of a difference would 20,000 activists - not just voters, but activists for limited government, personal freedom, and individual responsibility - have made in the last election?
You've got that right. The number of Volvos and Subarus with JFK stickers on I-93 last fall was depressing. We need more conservative refugees and fewer leftist pilgrims.