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  •  I'll read the whole thing in depth later... (5+ / 0-)

    But I do have some commentary on New Mexico, statewide the best general dynamic is that Republicans largely dominate southern New Mexico (outside of Las Cruces), Democrats dominate northern New Mexico, and Democrats have a solid, though not insurmountable, advantage in Bernalillo County.

    Albuquerque, for what it's worth, has the same but reversed dynamic; east and west are less important than north and south. If you map out Bernalillo County into four separate quadrants, roughly using I-25 and I-40 as your borders, Northeast Albuquerque is by far the most Republican (in 2008 Obama won 51-47), then comes Northwest Albuquerque (59-39), Southeast Albuquerque (68-31), and finally Southwest Albuquerque (75-24).

    Otherwise, I think you nailed New Mexico pretty well.

    Politics and more Formerly DGM on SSP. NM-01, 26 (chairman of the Atheist Caucus)

    by NMLib on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 02:20:17 PM PST

    •  I will read it more indepth latter too. (2+ / 0-)
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      Very nice work on this thread by the OP.  I can't wait for the Midwest verison.  It will be cool to see eastern Iowa and western Illinois and Wisconin represented blue.

      I also look forward to the old confederate states to  my disgust.

      •  i think you may be surprised. (1+ / 0-)
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        "I also look forward to the old confederate states to  my disgust."

        virginia and north carolina are both trending (congress & white house) purple/blue. part of the that is attributable to an increasing minority presence in both, part due to an increase in more educated/liberal white presence in the population centers. not to say that minorities aren't educated, just using that as way to sever rural, lesser educated whites (who seem to be a homogenous republican mass), from their more educated, urban/suburban bretheran.

        •  not sure about these states (0+ / 0-)

          But can say for my own state (MN) that in fact these less educated whites are not homogenous at all.  Most are not engaged at all and are suspicious at best of politics.  Between that and the lack of information sources (the radio dial issue), they are harder to reach but far from impossible.

          The point of view is a touch more libertarian and they are pretty turned off by what they perceive (sometimes accurately imho) as urban elitism towards them, but they can come out surprisingly strong left, especially with regard to the environment, the banking system, and speech issues.

          Just my two cents, I really feel part of this demo is a forgotten left constituency.  Ed Schultz (also MN) does a good job with some of this.

          Most people say that what some people say is pretty stupid.

          by nullspace on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 11:04:13 AM PST

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