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Changes in U.S. Electoral Geography from 2000 to 2012: A Renewed North/South Divide?

By Martin W. Lewis | November 19, 2012 | One Comment

As noted in a previous post, the presidential contest of 2000 seems to have been a watershed event in U.S. electoral geography. Up until that point, successful Democratic candidates enjoyed considerable support in many predominantly rural counties dominated by Whites, particularly in the Upper South (see the map of the 1996 election). In order for the Democrats to have carried …

Iowa, Minnesota, and the Anomalous Zone on the U.S. Electoral Map

By Martin W. Lewis | November 15, 2012 | 53 Comments

In recent U.S. presidential elections, rural counties have tended to vote heavily for the Republican candidates. As a result, most of the United States is shaded red on county-level electoral maps. Most of the low-population counties that do support Democratic candidates fall into one of several categories. In some cases the explanation is clearly demographic; the heavily African-American belt stretching …

The Geography of the 2012 Illinois Republican Primary

By Martin W. Lewis | March 21, 2012 |

The geographical patterns in the recent Republican presidential primary in Illinois are quite clear. As can be seen by comparing the two maps, Mitt Romney triumphed in most urban and suburban parts of the state, doing particularly well in the Chicago metropolitan area, whereas Rick Santorum did very well in rural counties, particularly in the southeastern part of the state, …

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