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  •  FYI Wisconsin is another example (1+ / 0-)
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    Most rural areas are light blue, and what gets jerks like Scott Walker elected are areas like the Circle of Ignorance the three blood-red and highly-populated suburban counties surrounding Milwaukee.

    •  That and for years Dems relied on the two (0+ / 0-)

      biggest cities to outweigh the rest of the state. not only do the REd ring of death counties have high populations and skew very conservative, they vote in high numbers. milwaukee not so much outside of presidential years. the dropoff in votes from presidential years where we get 70% turnout and midterms is like half, or more. wiscionsin is a light blue state , not a democratic lock like NY or California or Illinois.

    •  Lots of examples nationwide (1+ / 0-)
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      Look at a 2012 Presidential Election map by county, and you'll see:

      - Pennsylvania is red outside of its major metropolitan areas (Philly, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Scranton)
      - Ohio is blue like Lake Erie, red downstate
      - In Illinois, it's the northwest and northeast (Chicago) corners of the state
      - California is blue along the coast, but east of the Diablo Range it's Repub Red.
      - Washington is baby blue west of the Cascades, ruby red east
      - Oregon has a blue zone bounded by the Columbia River
      - Colorado's reddest areas are the northeast part of the state. Guess where the counties that voted to secede are?
      - Nevada is Democratic Las Vegas and Reno, Republican everything else
      - Finally, Virginia might be the most polarized blue state of all in terms of being a mix of urban blue and rural red communities. And its blue areas are heavily centered in the northern parts of the state around DC and along the coast.

      If you're a fan of Naked Capitalism, search for an article written just after the 2012 elections, discussing how basically all of rural America went red and urban America blue.

      •  northwest corner of IL isn't particularly blue (1+ / 0-)
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        Jo Daviess County, the NW corner, is pretty swingy...went for Bush and Obama IIRC. at any rate it's a small rural county.

        the main Dem stronghold in IL is obviously Chicago, plus some close-in suburbs. then Quad Cities and St. Louis suburbs. other Chicago suburbs/exurbs and urban downstate counties (Sangamon, Champaign, McLean, etc.) are toss-ups - depends if the blue urban cores can drown out the surrounding red or not.

        Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

        by sapelcovits on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 08:32:36 PM PST

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