Red-Blue Redux


A friend from AlterNet sends along this fascinating county-by-county map of political contributions, assembled by

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  1. What, are Alaska and Hawaii no longer states?

  2. I have decided that my critics were right, Alaska is too damn cold. Although belatedly, I have sold Alaska back to the Russians. I see you were not paying attention…Sorry.


  3. Ah, good old “fly-over,” country.

    Man, is Whyoming republican or what?

    And, being that I live in Colorado, I am surprised at the number of counties that are blue … judging by the local rhetoric you’d think we were a one-party state. Our neighbors to the North certainly are.

  4. Looking at Florida, one is suprised that it is a remotely contested state; its mostly light pink to dark red.

  5. Florida votes conservative in local elections by in large because of the average age in population (Get off my lawn you goddamn delinquents! And of course, to keep taxes down, being on a fixed income and all) but the blue-hairs vote heavily for Democrats in national elections because they are promised goodies. No surprise really.

  6. I used the map and I still can’t find the way to San Jose.

  7. Large, mostly empty red/pink counties provide a misleading picture. Time Magazine once ran a red state/blue state map that kept the shapes of the states the same, but enlarged or shrunk them to reflect their population.

  8. The reason this map is all over the place is because it’s useless in the way it is designed and really doesn’t tell us much of anything. It doesn’t measure intensity or volume. For example, Republican donors in Wyoming might give more than Democrat donors in Wyoming, but the total contribution by both parties combined is much, much less than, say, New York. A more useful map would have it broken down by percentage each party receives from each county.

  9. And one guy with the big house on the hill can personally give more to one party than a few hundred people filling out membership reply cards at $35 a shot.

  10. Wow, who knew that all those Deomcrats lived in the Great Lakes.

  11. “fascinating” really does mean something different to this crowd than the rest of the planet, huh?

  12. Nobody lives in the big blue swath of New Mexico so I have to assume that this map does not really say all that much. Having said this, it shore is purty!

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