Stats show that Washington State is full of the kind of people who pay income tax and - according to above referenced political calculating by Mitt Romney himself - will be won over by the Republican's call for less government dependence in America.
According to a 2010 Tax Foundation study, only 29 percent of tax filers in Washington state paid no federal income tax. That puts Washington in 43rd place amongst federal income tax freeloaders.
No. 1 in that category is Mississippi, where 45 percent of filers don't pay any income tax, and all but two of the top 10 states are in the South (one outlier is Idaho, which is always vying for honorary Dixie status. The other is New Mexico.)
In case you somehow missed it, in a secretly taped chat with donors in May, Romney said it was people who didn't pay income tax that he doesn't have a chance at winning over.
Here's the full quote:
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it -- that that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Yet, all the states in the top 10 non-tax-paying filers, except for N.M., are in the heart of Republican country; meanwhile, Washington is all but a lock for Obama. All of which may undercut Romney's hair-brained ramblings.