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Why Red States Voted Blue on the Minimum Wage

South Dakota, Arkansas, and Nebraska are solidly conservative, but residents of all three states voted in the midterm elections to raise their states’ minimum wages. That’s paradoxical, given that the standard conservative position is that higher minimum wages kill jobs by making low-skilled workers too expensive for employers to hire.

Voters also passed a big hike in Alaska, which leans Republican. There was a non-binding referendum vote in favor of a higher minimum in Democratic-leaning Illinois.