By Stanley D. Brunn, Gerald R. Webster, Richard L. Morrill, Fred M. Shelley, Stephen J. Lavin, J. Clark Archer
The U.S. presidential election of 2008 was once the most major elections in contemporary American heritage. Bringing jointly prime geographers and political scientists, this authoritative atlas analyzes and maps the campaigns, primaries, basic election, and key kingdom referenda to supply a wealthy photograph of this watershed event.
The members supply a complete and precise overview of all features of the election, delivering presidential effects on the nationwide point, in significant areas, and in swing states. Drilling all the way down to county point, they hint vote casting styles for key racial, ethnic, non secular, and occupational teams. additionally they illustrate the crusade techniques of Democratic and Republican get together leaders. relocating past the nationwide race, the atlas compares vital senatorial and gubernatorial races to presidential votes and considers chosen country referenda reminiscent of marriage amendments, farm animal cruelty, stem mobile learn, and physician-assisted suicide. for extra context and intensity, the 2008 election effects are in comparison with earlier nationwide elections.
Illustrated with greater than two hundred meticulously drawn full-color maps, the atlas could be a necessary reference and a desirable source for pundits, citizens, crusade staffs, and political junkies alike.
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Romney finished second with 25 percent of the vote and carried twenty-four counties. Paul carried the remaining county. For the most part, Romney’s support was 16 ■ CHAPTER 2 concentrated in more urbanized areas of the state, including counties near the Mississippi River on the east and the Missouri River on the west. He won Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Iowa City, and Dubuque in the east, and Sioux City and Council Bluffs in the west. The concentration of support for Huckabee in rural areas with older populations would continue throughout the primary season.
These states tended to be in the South and the West, where Republican victories were highly likely, and in the Northeast and Pacific Coast, where Democratic victories were all but assumed. Hence, generally Republican states such as Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, and South Carolina in the South had no events. Strongly Republican states in the West such as Wyoming, Utah, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Kansas also were not visited by any of the four candidates. Similarly, generally strong Democratic northeastern states such as Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island, and Pacific Coast states, including California, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii, were not visited by either the Democratic or Republican nominees.
Shown here, then, are contributions above two hundred dollars, about two-thirds of all funds to either candidate. S. population weighted by income. Most contributions come from individuals living in professional and wealthy neighborhoods of major metropolitan areas. These donors are a key part of national political campaigns, yet they represent a small fraction of the population and an even smaller cross-section of American communities. What is, perhaps, more surprising is how both major-party 30 ■ CHAPTER 3 candidates have very similar donor-sheds, even if the actual level of support for McCain was a fraction of that for Obama.