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Indiana County Looks to Extend Perfect Streak in Presidential Picks

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By    |   Tuesday, 03 May 2016 04:42 PM

An Indiana county that calls itself "the crossroads of America" has a nearly perfect record in picking presidents since 1888, getting it wrong just twice.

With Indiana's pivotal Republican and Democrat primaries taking place Tuesday, MSNBC takes a closer look at Vigo County, tucked against the western edge of the state and intersected at its midpoint by the east-to-west I-70.

The county has accurately chosen the winning presidential candidate in the general election since 1956. Its estimated 2010 population was a shade over 108,000.

"It's classic middle America. Small businesses. Family farms. Community schools," Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, who was born in Vigo County, told Politico over the winter.

"We care more about common sense results than we do about party labels and ideology. … You don't get the excesses of New York or California. We keep it between the 40-yard-lines."

According to U.S. elections data cited by MSNBC, Vigo is one of eight counties and two states that acted as a perfect barometer of the nation's presidential pick from 1960-1996.

This year, Vigo County supports Republican Donald Trump, according to Politico. The results of Tuesday's primary will show whether this bellwether county is on track for another accurate prediction this fall.

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