11-03-2010, 02:09 PM
hearing the numbers is one thing, but seeing graphically is quite eye opening.
11-03-2010, 02:23 PM
In PA the D Senate candidate got 84% of the vote in Philadelphia County ... also did well in other urban areas. The PA state map looks a lot like the US map in terms of red and blue.
Yet the race was very close, which demonstrates how much more clout the big urban areas have on who gets elected. So, within rather limited geographical areas more attention is focused, yet there are a whole lot of people in the state whose demographic is VERY different from the concentrated urban areas, and whose needs are very different.
As one example, public transportation is not a big priority for those in more rural areas. It simply isn't suitable there. Yet the state budget allots millions (billions?) to public transportation that probably 1/2 the population simply can't use. Probably a lot of other similar examples. I think that these people, who keep paying for the city services provided through State and Fed funds, turned out strongly to vote.
11-03-2010, 02:25 PM
yup but the two big electoral states are clearly Democrat, both the left and right coasts also seem to control the media in this country...2012 is still a long time away..R's have to show the American public that they can keep the map that way