I feel your pain. I live in North Carolina. It’s a beautiful state with many beautiful people, and if you looked at the mix, we already are purple (we’re about evenly split between Dems and Reps). However, the Republicans have our state in a chokehold (thanks to a lot of Koch money and gerrymandering), and they have made us a laughing stock with things like HB2.
We are working hard to change things in November.