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Report: Kris Allen's home state cast 38 million 'American Idol' votes

By Reality TV World staff, 05/21/2009 

Kris Allen can reportedly thank his home state of Arkansas for his American Idol victory over Adam Lambert.

About 38 million votes were cast from Arkansas after American Idol's final performance show on Tuesday night according to AT&T, Fox's KLRT-TV affiliate in Little Rock, AR reported Wednesday night.

Wednesday night's American Idol finale featured host Ryan Seacrest announcing -- and an auditing firm representative confirming -- that "just under 100 million" votes were cast nationwide, which would mean that Allen's home state somehow managed to cast an astounding 38% of the finale's nationwide vote total.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Arkansas only has a population of 2.86 million, which would mean that -- assuming the hard-to-believe 38 million figure is accurate -- its residents somehow managed to cast an average of more than 13 votes for every man, woman and child living in the state.

In addition, the number would mean that Arkansas residents, who represent less than 1% of the overall U.S. population, ended up casting about 38% of all the nationwide votes.

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