Usually I get at least 20 states in January, almost half the total. This year? Hah. The tally when the month ran out was a whopping 13, a scant quarter of the 51 I’m looking for. (Because I lived in D.C. for 11 years, and because when I first registered to vote it was as a member of the D.C. Statehood Party, you know I count D.C. as well as the 50 that are fully represented in Congress.)
The usual number are most likely out there roaming around. I’m the one who’s not.
In order of their spotting, I saw Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, New Hampshire, California, Rhode Island, Vermont, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, and Maine. Tennessee is a good catch for January, so there’s that.
February is generally a slow month. I’ve figured it’s because I spot nearly everything that’s here for the winter in January. If this February checks in with a strong showing that makes up for lackluster January, I’ll count that as support for my theory.