I was once in a restaurant in Texas in 2012. (somewhat political)
You've probably heard of the restaurant...it is the Big Texan restaurant in Amarillo that offers a free 72 oz. steak if you can eat the meal in one hour. When I visited in 2012 I didn't take the challenge, but there was a person from Illinois who did. When the man agreed to take the steak challenge, a musician who sings and plays guitar for tips introduced him with the following words, "From the great red[/b] state of [b]Illinois, here is (challenger's name)!"
You can probably figure out why the musician's words seemed noteworthy to me, considering we were in Texas and it was 2012, a presidential election year.