Tuesday marks mid-term elections here in the United States, which is kind of a big deal if you've gotten tired of constant campaign advertising. But as Election Day approaches, the constant voices attempting to forecast the results are only set to increase. The latest member of that growing fray is True Car, which has teamed with RealClearPolitics.com to attempt to predict the winning party in this year's elections based purely on what the best selling car in their state is.
TC identified so-called "truck" states and "car" states based on the best-selling bodystyle, with trucks, including SUVs, and cars tacking on hatchbacks, wagons and small crossovers. Trucks dominate, covering 34 states, while the remaining 16 states, including political giant California, purchase more cars than trucks. True Car and RCP cross-referenced those stats with the 36 states holding senate races on Tuesday, looking at their voting pattern in the 2012 presidential election and the projected leaders for Tuesday's race.
The results are fairly clear. Truck states, which in themselves are dominated by the Ford F-Series, are leaning Republican or have a strong history of voting for the GOP in the past, while car states tend to lean the other way. There are, naturally, a few exceptions. Truck-driving, Democratic-voting states include Oregon, New Mexico, Hawaii, Minnesota, Illinois, New Hampshire and Delaware. Car-driving conservatives, though, are fewer and further between, though, with South Carolina as the sole state.
Scroll down for the press release from True Car.