As late as this month, Romney still has to pour time and resources into what has been in recent years a solidly GOP bulwark.
This is good news for Mitt Romney: nine of the ten states that rely most heavily on the sector for jobs are solidly behind him.
While Virginia has gone from solidly Republican to a swing state, southwestern Virginia has swung the other way.
late 14c., "not empty or hollow," from Old French solide "firm, dense, compact," from Latin solidus "firm, whole, undivided, entire," figuratively "sound, trustworthy, genuine," from PIE *sol-ido-, suffixed form of root *sol- "whole" (cf. Greek holos "whole," Latin salus "health," salvus "safe;" see safe (adj.)).
Meaning "firm, hard, compact" is from 1530s. Meaning "entirely of the same stuff" is from 1710. Of qualities, "well-established, considerable" c.1600. As a mere intensifier, 1830. Slang sense of "wonderful, remarkable" first attested 1920 among jazz musicians. As an adverb, "solidly, completely," 1650s. Solid South in U.S. political history is attested from 1858. Solid state as a term in physics is recorded from 1953; meaning "employing solid transistors (as opposed to vacuum tubes)" is from 1959. Related: Solidly.
solid sol·id (sŏl'ĭd)
Of definite shape and volume; not liquid or gaseous.
Firm or compact in substance.
Having no internal cavity or hollow.
A solid substance, body, or tissue.
Food that is relatively firm in substance or that must be chewed before swallowing.
To persist doggedly: A little warning bell went off, but I soldiered on (1954+)