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Political divide between coasts and Midwest deepening, midterm election analysis shows
Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2010 | T.W. Farnam

Posted on 11/22/2010 12:28:06 AM PST by neverdem

Results from November's midterm elections have exposed a deepening political divide between cities on the coasts and the less-dense areas in the middle of the country.

The Republican Party's big gains in the House came largely from districts that were older, less diverse and less educated than the nation as a whole. Democrats kept their big majorities in the cities.

That's a contrast to the last GOP wave in 1994, when Republicans' share of the vote was consistent inside and outside metropolitan areas, according to a Washington Post analysis. That year, Republicans captured seats in a broader array of places.

The analysis, based on a review of the House vote in counties across the country in both years, has good and bad news for both parties.

The Obama coalition remained intact. Democrats remained strong in areas with the party's core of minorities and higher-educated whites. But movement of white working-class voters away from the party is a concern for Democrats, especially because of President Obama's traditional weakness with those voters.

Republicans' success with the blue-collar vote and the high enthusiasm of the tea party gives it a fired-up base headed into 2012. But in a presidential election with higher turnout, the party might have trouble winning a majority with those voters alone. It certainly can't rely on that bloc to carry the party into the future.

Democrats largely held on to their high share of the vote in the country's densest places. The party captured 54 percent in counties with populations of more than 500,000 people, compared with only 49 percent in 1994. In smaller counties, Democrats' share of the vote slid to 39 percent this year from 43 percent in 1994.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: 2010election; election2010
I can't remember the source, but between New York and California, three million residents leaving those states explain some of the voting shift. Similar losses elsewhere explain more. I doubt that they are all rats. IMHO, most are not.
1 posted on 11/22/2010 12:28:13 AM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
between cities on the coasts and the less-dense areas

..is where the battle lines have been drawn.

They were there when Bush was running for POTUS.

Watch for the Liberal Disapora as they flee that which they have constructed, move to more Conservative areas, and desperately attempt to re-create the same 'utopia' they just fled.

2 posted on 11/22/2010 12:36:47 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: neverdem
between cities on the coasts and the less-dense areas

..is where the battle lines have been drawn.

They were there when Bush was running for POTUS.

Watch for the Liberal Disapora as they flee that which they have constructed, move to more Conservative areas, and desperately attempt to re-create the same 'utopia' they just fled.

3 posted on 11/22/2010 12:36:47 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Sorry aobut the double post. My mouse is dying...


4 posted on 11/22/2010 12:37:41 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: neverdem

I’ll save you the ink with a no prisoners style comment:

Dumb, white dead male voters rescued the GOP. Reading this trashy analysis is waste of time.


5 posted on 11/22/2010 12:41:18 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: neverdem
The Republican Party's big gains in the House came largely from districts that were older, less diverse and less educated than the nation as a whole.

Stopped reading here. Barf alert?
6 posted on 11/22/2010 12:45:02 AM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media. There are Wars and Rumors of War.)
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To: PA Engineer

Like I said, when liberals call us white and stupid, you know they don’t get it.

I live in exactly such a place.


7 posted on 11/22/2010 12:47:18 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: PA Engineer
I liked this comment - state of the liberal mind:

"Republicans do the best in areas that are typically not growing very fast and don't look like the present, or certainly the future, of the country," said Ruy Teixeira, a Democratic political strategist with the Center for American Progress."

Like my CO small town. And how bright does the future of CA, NY and MA look?

8 posted on 11/22/2010 12:51:19 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

It shows how tone deaf they are. America is rejecting “elitism”. This article oozes it.


9 posted on 11/22/2010 12:54:20 AM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media. There are Wars and Rumors of War.)
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To: neverdem
Did ANYONE here of ANY exit polling this time around that asked the specific question of exiting voters "DO YOU APPROVE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA OR NOT?"

Also I wanted to hear specifically asked of 2008 Obama Voters, "As you had voted for Mr. Obama two years ago, will you be voting, if the election were held today, for him again?"

Does ANYONE know if any of the networks, polling agencies, etc. posed those questions on a major scale at the polls earlier this month? All I have heard is silence on the matter. I of course know what the votes meant, but I wonder if they did this kind of specific issue-based polling as well. It could prove to be good ammo against the denialist Dems.


10 posted on 11/22/2010 1:09:14 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (There is a lot "GOING DOWN" these days. But don't forget the Senate AMNESTY PUSH for next MONDAY!!!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

The MSM is seeking to depict this November as the last hurrah of rural and small town America. You knew its us bitter-clinger, redneck bible thumper gun lovers in blue coveralls who kicked the Democrats out. We’re an endangered species.


11 posted on 11/22/2010 1:12:23 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: neverdem
The Obama coalition remained intact. Democrats remained strong in areas with the party's core of minorities and higher-educated (I have no doubt they have been properly trained & educated) Marxist whites.
12 posted on 11/22/2010 1:26:06 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

The article helpfully points out Republicans hold only a third of the seats in Latino areas.

But its only in the last third of the article that you learn the GOP is no longer just a DEWM party. Go figure.


13 posted on 11/22/2010 1:28:51 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Altura Ct.

The aesthetic, professional, and government employee groups along with the permanent underclass. In other words, any one who is dependent on government for a living voted for the Democrats.


14 posted on 11/22/2010 1:44:26 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: neverdem
Tim Farnam

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15 posted on 11/22/2010 1:47:57 AM PST by x_plus_one (Democrats delenda est)
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To: neverdem

bttt


16 posted on 11/22/2010 1:50:51 AM PST by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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To: Smokin' Joe
Watch for the Liberal Disapora as they flee that which they have constructed, move to more Conservative areas, and desperately attempt to re-create the same 'utopia' they just fled.

We have seen that happen here in Southwestern Missouri.

Retired liberals flee St Louis, Chicago and even our own queen city Springfield, Missouri to smaller towns and villages.

It doesn't long after they arrive for them to attempt to screw up some great places to live.

17 posted on 11/22/2010 2:05:20 AM PST by TYVets
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To: neverdem
> Results from November's midterm elections have exposed a deepening political divide between cities on the coasts and the less-dense areas in the middle of the country.

I was just going to bed but this caught my eye and I had to comment...

Results from the last several years elections have exposed a deepening political divide between urban areas and the rest of the country.

There, fixed it.

If you look at the county returns plotted on a U.S. map, virtually all large urban areas vote commiecrat blue, while everywhere else, the country is republican,(now Conservative) red. The blue states are only blue in the big cities. Case in point, Cleveland Ohio is a massive stain of blue, but go 20 miles outside the city proper and it is surrounded by a sea of red.

18 posted on 11/22/2010 2:12:31 AM PST by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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To: TYVets

Retired liberals flee St Louis, Chicago and even our own queen city Springfield, Missouri to smaller towns and villages.<<<<

And the first thing they do is get on local governing boards and attempt to control their new neighbors!!
Hey they’re city folk and are smarter the the mere peasantry


19 posted on 11/22/2010 2:15:51 AM PST by timetostand (Ya say ya wanna revolution -- OK!)
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To: timetostand
Hey they’re city folk and are smarter the the mere peasantry

After their grandiose projects fail miserably it is sad to see how the local taxpayers must pay for the liberal mistakes.

20 posted on 11/22/2010 3:16:01 AM PST by TYVets
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To: Smokin' Joe
That is exactly what the idiot California liberals have done to Oregon, Washington and Colorado.

It is called "crapping in your own nest" to the point you can't stand your own filth and you move out to a new location....only to start crapping in your NEW nest.

You can't fix stupid.

21 posted on 11/22/2010 3:19:56 AM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority (What this country needs is an enema.)
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority

well said. 2012 will prove California is a total waste land. Ohio, Mi, Fl, Tx and Wi. Tha’s the election for Republicans. Unless something really weird happens zero is toast. Ca and Ny arent needed.


22 posted on 11/22/2010 4:05:41 AM PST by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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“Ca and Ny arent needed.”

The best reason for hope for conservatives is the number of seats liberal states are losing to conservative states due to the census. The liberal wastelands are dying out, while the conservative heartland is gaining more voice with each passing decade...Both CA & NY are losing seats


23 posted on 11/22/2010 4:13:23 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: goldstategop

“The article helpfully points out Republicans hold only a third of the seats in Latino areas.”

If Repubs can garner 1/3 of the Latino vote going forward (and I know that is not the same), then we have elected our last Democrat president.


24 posted on 11/22/2010 4:15:58 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: neverdem

“Democrats largely held on to their high share of the vote in the country’s densest places..”

I liked this.


25 posted on 11/22/2010 4:27:38 AM PST by Luke21
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To: neverdem
From the article:
The Republican Party's big gains in the House came largely from districts that were older(Read: senile), less diverse (Read: racist) and less educated (Read: stupid) than the nation as a whole. Democrats kept their big majorities in the cities.
Fits the Journ-O-list template to a "T".

The media are the enemy -- until they are converted or destroyed, any inroads made into the left are only temporary.
26 posted on 11/22/2010 4:42:06 AM PST by Peet (Leftists think personal liberty is so important it must be carefully rationed.)
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To: PA Engineer
It shows how tone deaf they are. America is rejecting isolating “elitism”. This article oozes it.

Fixed.

27 posted on 11/22/2010 5:05:07 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va
We need to erect a border fence at the east side of the Appalachian Mountains and the west side of the Rockies and around lib city enclaves to keep the loony liberals out. We only let refugees from those area into uncontaminated areas after they pass background checks. Let the libs in the coastal strips and city enclaves eat their own and die by their own dogma.
28 posted on 11/22/2010 5:51:10 AM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: neverdem

“The Republican Party’s big gains in the House came largely from districts that were older, less diverse and less educated than the nation as a whole.”

The most stupid clods I ever met were bureaucrats from DC. You’d need a bunker buster to penetrate their thick skulls. Then when you finally got inside, you’d find a physicist’s dream - a perfect vacuum on Earth.


29 posted on 11/22/2010 6:00:16 AM PST by sergeantdave
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To: neverdem
Democrats largely held on to their high share of the vote in the country's densest places.

They certainly did well among the country's densest people.

30 posted on 11/22/2010 6:33:47 AM PST by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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