Writing Archive

Ambinder: Obama Must Win the West to Win the White House

On the heels of Barack Obama’s tour through the West, Marc Ambinder declares that the Illinois senator is going to have to spend a lot more time in the region if he’s hopes to reach the White House:
“The ONLY way, given the electoral college map that Obama is presented with, he can win the presidency [...]


Once Upon a Time in the West

Once upon a time the West was solid GOP territory, but in 2008, the Democrats hope to make the region competitive.
The Los Angeles Times and the Politico have very similar but interesting articles today about how the top presidential contenders for each party are campaigning throughout the West early this week.  Both Barack Obama and [...]


Obama’s “Bitter” Comments Won’t Hurt Him Much Beyond the Rust Belt

Politico senior writer David Paul Kuhn has an in-depth look about how Democrats have been branded as elitist and how Barack Obama’s comments “may prove to be the keystone in the arc of Republican attacks.” He argues that attacks work when they reinforce real perceptions and that voters are beginning to perceive Obama as a [...]


Look West, Young Scribes

Both Ben Smith and Chris Cillizza turned their backs to the East today — Smith wrote a quick note about the DNC’s memo about “McCain’s Problems in the West” and Cillizza wrote a post handicapping the Democratic primary in Montana. Both reporters anticipate that the region will be in play. “Except for Utah, those [...]


SurveyUSA Releases Polls in 50 States

SurveyUSA released a series of polls in all 50 states on Thursday that measure both John McCain against Hillary Clinton and McCain against Barack Obama. The results should be taken with a grain of salt considering SurveyUSA uses robocalls instead of live people, but the results are still fascinating.
The key takeaway is that either [...]


Electoral Map Daily Compass: Beers and Brats Edition

Rocky Mountain Way

Barry Goldwater’s state is trending blue. [Reid Wilson]
McCain has a strong hand in the Rocky Mountain West. [Washington Post]

Here in Youngstown

Who won the “snowmobilers, bowlers, deer hunters and Packer fans?” [Salon's Edward McClellan]
White blue-collar men are the swing vote in the Dem primary. [Wall Street Journal]

Applebee’s America

Exurban blight in California. [Los Angeles Times]
Housing [...]


The Electoral Map Weekly Compass

The Electoral Map would like to introduce a new feature called the Weekly Compass.  It’ll include stories relating to the electoral map that aren’t big enough for a lengthy post, but are still important or interesting.
What do you think?  Is this informative or does it dilute the point of this blog?

Joel Kotkin explains why family-friendly [...]


What Makes Ron Paul Nation Tick?

Our friend Conn Carroll at The Hotline’s Blogometer has a pretty good guess. He writes:

“Looking at RonPaulGraphs.com’s instant Per Capita Donors (donors per million in population) map, however, we were struck by how closely Paul’s strongest donor states matched up with those where the federal government owns more than 25% of all land. Is [...]