SPOKANE, Wash. — The number of active hate groups across the Northwest dropped last year compared to 2012.
That's according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which on Tuesday released its annual report on the number of hate groups operating in the United States.
The number of hate groups in Washington dropped from 16 in 2012 to 10 last year. In Idaho the number dropped from 17 to nine. And in Montana the number dropped from 12 to eight. The number of hate groups in Oregon remained the same at nine.
Why are the numbers dropping? The SPLC offered up a few reasons in its Web site:
"The presidents 2012 re-election unexpected by many on the right appears to have drained energy from the movement. Other factors that apparently are contributing to the decline are an improving economy, crackdowns by law enforcement, and the adoption of far-right issues by mainstream politicians."
Nationally, the number of active hate groups dropped from 1,007 in 2012 to 939 last year.
Read the SPLC's full report here.