Election Mysteries: The Big Blue Driftless Area

Scott Sumner spots something fascinating in the election results.

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  • The Late P Brooks||

    I grew up in Madison, but I don’t have a clue as to why those counties further west are blue.

    Agrarian populist socialism?

  • Jerry on the road||

    Clearly the water in the Mississippi is tainted.

  • Almanian_||

    Did you read the comments? That was indeed one of the theories - as were immigration patterns, religion, locations of small colleges...I think they missed moon phases, but maybe that was in the later comments I didn't read.

  • robc||

    I would go with the higher Norwegian ancestry argument.

  • sarcasmic||

    Damn square-heads gave the election to Obama.

  • Almanian_||

    "Husband - what is the matter?"

    /Boarwalk Empire

  • Almanian_||

    take a peak at this picture

    The cement dragon is kind of cool, but I'll just take a "peek", thanks.

    /pedant

    PS On the whole "why is this little area weird"? I just don't care. But thanks

  • ||

    There's a ton of good hiking in the Driftless Area. Some amazing sandstone cliffs, stuff like that. Cool place.

  • Invisible Finger||

    If he knew American migration history, he'd know that the "Driftless Area" was mostly settled by Northeastern puritans.

  • Lisa||

    It's not called the Democratic-FARMER-labor party for nothing

  • ||

    I'm thinking that the geographic nature of the area - lots of deep ravines - means that it's out of the way of major highways and not very well suited to commercial agriculture, which makes it a relatively poor area with a lot of small farmers. Many of whom probably specialize in organic food production to find a niche market they cna compete in.

  • ||

    I blame the Cornish immigrants who settled there mine the area at the turn of the century.

    Seriously...fuck the Cornish.

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