November 5, 2008

GOP a regional party?

Filed under: map, politics — ubikcan @ 10:42 pm

This post is known as a “concern troll” but nevertheless.

There is a lot of talk right now on the liberal blogs that the Republican party has been reduced to a regional party. It no longer has national status. It is fueled by maps such as this, showing Democratic gains throughout the country, except in the south:

This is the NYT map that has been bandied around a bit on both geospatial blogs and liberal blogs (for different reasons prhaps). Here is a typical political blog post.

Even MSNBC is getting in on the act:

*** What’s next Grand Old Party: It’s hard not to look at the map — particularly in the House — and not view the GOP as a regional party right now. If it weren’t for the party’s relative strength in the South, the party would be in even worse shape.

Here’s another map, from NYT.

McCain won only the South in the election, with Obama winning the other regions by large margins (59% in the NE for example). One stunning fact is that the last Republican Congressman in New England, Chris Shays, lost his seat yesterday and New England is now totally barren of Republican Congressmen.

All things are temporary of course and Obama and the Dems need not rest on their laurels.

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