Image courtesy of Penn State University Map Library.
presidential primary season is underway, and election season means election maps. So start thinking in shades of red
and blue, because the state-by-state dynamics occurring now will largely determine the final color scheme to be emblazoned
in our minds and on our t-shirts.
geography has a decisive impact on the race to the White House. The U.S. is an expansive, populous country with a system of united but largely
independent states, each with its own unique character and political leanings.
Ultimately, the Electoral College system ensures that even the smallest states will
have a voice in the final polls. Whether in the forms of “bumps” or setbacks, the
votes cast in the first few primaries and caucuses will influence attitudes
across the country through next November. It certainly makes for an exciting,
geographically intriguing spectacle!
is slated to be one of most intense ever, a horse race to the finish. But don’t just listen to the opinions and
[mis]predictions of the pundits: Stay tuned into the action with these great,
geographically-oriented tools. Before the event in Michigan
tonight, read how local-level geography impacted each candidate in Iowa and New Hampshire. Then, continue to follow along with
this interactive map, available on
the National Public Radio website. Click on a state for information on past
primary outcomes, “fun-facts,” and links to local news sites. The Online
NewsHour is another excellent resource. Check out their feature “Big Picture Cities“ which adopts an
even more localized perspective. Currently, they’re talking about Las Vegas, Nevada.
now, and see if you can predict how geography will factor into the final
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