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  •  NYT: How Fragile Is the New Democratic Coalition? (0+ / 0-)

    Looking at state level politics may not be the correct granularity.  We need to pay much more attention downballot and start ensuring that every race is challenged.

    How Fragile Is the New Democratic Coalition?

    In 1988, the Democratic presidential nominee, Michael Dukakis, carried 26 percent of the nation’s counties, 819 of 3,144, on his way to losing the Electoral College 426-111 and the popular vote by seven percentage points. In 2012, President Obama won fewer counties, 690, but he won the popular vote by four points and the Electoral College in a landslide, 332-206.
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    “The Big Sort” focuses on one of the key factors behind these geographic trends: people are increasingly choosing to move into neighborhoods and communities of like-minded people who share their political views, creating what Bishop and Cushing call “way-of-life segregation.”

    Americans, in their view,

        have been sorting themselves over the past three decades into homogeneous communities — not at the regional level, or the red-state/blue-state level, but at the micro level of city and neighborhood.

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    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 08:16:45 AM PDT

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