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In the aftermath of the 2012 presidential election, a good deal of commentary held that President Obama’s reelection resulted from the country’s changing demography and his overwhelming support among nonwhite voters residing in the country’s urban spaces. Less discussed was the fact that Republican Mitt Romney also carried many urbanized states with ethnically and racially diverse populations and that President Obama would not have been reelected without securing the Electoral Votes of a number of rural states with large white populations. In this paper, we argue that the combination of educated populations and a socio-cultural construct we call northernness allow us to differentiate which urban and diverse states and which white and rural states are Democratic and Republican voting in contemporary presidential elections.
Demography; Elections; United States; Urbanization--Political aspects
Damore, D. F.,
Lang, R. E.
Beyond Density & Diversity: Understanding the Socio-Cultural Geography of Contemporary Presidential Elections.
Available at: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/brookings_pubs/42