This epiphany brought to you by my friend May, who has excellent (and funny) insight.
"Southern and Midwestern people (sample size: 2) have a regular accent, that they use for talking, and a drawl, that they use when they're joking.
So... probably the people who have heavy Southern or weird midWestern accents all the time, are just always joking.
So... Republican votes are probably just meant as a joke.
Great big joke."