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  •  Bluer markets tend to be bigger (4+ / 0-)
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    ChadmanFL, MichaelNY, gabjoh, bumiputera

    and the big, blue cities tend to have a red or reddish purple collar around them. The reddest media markets appear to be smaller and in just a few areas of the country (West Texas, Mormon Country, and some parts of the Deep South). The three markets that are not big city in the blue column are somewhat of special cases:

    Madison, WI- Actually a pretty rural market if the tractor ads are any indication, but mostly this is the bluish-purple Driftless Area. Also note that Madison suburbs are fairly compact and range from about D+8 (Waunakee, Sun Prairie) to about D+20 (Middleton, Verona, Monona)

    Duluth, MN- Again, pretty rural, but this is the Iron Range in Minnesota and the Lake Superior counties in Wisconsin. While there are no big cities here, there are plenty of union workers and environmentalists in the area, and it has a strong progressive tradition.

    Laredo, TX- This is a 95.6% Hispanic media market, and that's probably mostly Mexican-Americans. After all the GOP has done, even many conservative Mexican-Americans are now Democrats or Dem-leaning independents.

    Male, 21, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, unapologetic supporter of Obama and Occupy. Tammy Baldwin for Senate and Recall Walker!

    by fearlessfred14 on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 07:04:11 PM PDT

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    •  And unfortunately for us (3+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, gabjoh, David Jarman

      Democratic base (especially minority) voters tend to be clustered in the large cities while republican voters are more spread out.  This is what causes so many solidly (70%+) Dem districts and so many 55'ish% GOP districts, hurting us when it comes to political power while giving the GOP an easy job of gerrymandering.  

      Florida is a prime example of this.  Time and time again the FL GOP has been able to turn this state, which is about 50/50 split between parties into nearly a 2/3rds GOP majority for the legislature and congressional maps with relative ease.  Thankfully the fair districts amendment seems to be helping is for the 2012 redistricting.  The FL Supreme Court already slapped down the GOP's State Senate map and will likely do the same with the Congressional map.

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