Writing Archive

South Carolina: Weird in BBQ Tastes, Too

South Carolina is now my favorite state for politics, so here’s my favorite map of South Carolina.
It shows the Palmetto State’s BBQ Regions.  The heart of South Carolina prefers mustard-based “Carolina Gold,” which is a mix of yellow mustard, vinegar and brown sugar.  The northeast part of the state goes with the Vinegar & Pepper [...]

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My Column in New Geography Today

Loyal TEM readers know that I posted the column “Southern Piedmont: Where NASCAR Meets the NASDAQ” here last week.  Today it goes lives on New Geography – Check it out here, complete with a map, and send around if you can!
Also, as a new media strategist, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t [...]

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Southern Piedmont: Where NASCAR Meets the NASDAQ

When Andrew Jackson roamed the hills of the Carolinas, northern Georgia and eastern Tennessee, it was still frontier, and for generations the southern Piedmont remained economically and culturally isolated.  Today, however, Old Hickory might be surprised to learn what this area has become.
Atlanta, a railroad junction with a few thousand souls before the Civil War, [...]

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NBC News Calls Pennsylvania for Obama

Already?! Before a single vote has been counted?!
They also call all of New England — including New Hampshire — New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Illinoins for Obama; and call South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Oklahoma for McCain.

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Daily Compass: McCain’s Three County Penn. Strategy

I just got back from a National Press Club panel on new media and realized that I’m not updating The Electoral Map nearly enough — especially with 50-some-odd days until the election.  So, here’s my pledge that I’ll update TEM at least five times a week through Nov. 4 — and perhaps beyond.  I’ll also [...]

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Could Obama Really Win a State in the South?

If Barack Obama wins any of the states in the former Confederacy, it’ll probably be Virginia or North Carolina. But a few analysts have suggested that he could boost African-African turnout across the rest of the south — the Deep South, mind you — to make some really red states competitive. Chuck Todd [...]

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Regional Reporters Lower Expectations

Each state tends to have a marquee political reporter who sets the tone for campaign coverage but also serves as occasional cheerleader for that state’s electoral importance.  Think Des Moines Register’s David Yespen skewering a candidate for downplaying the caucuses or the New Hampshire Union-Leader’s John DiStaso defending the Granite State’s treasured first-in-the-nation status.
Even Arkansas [...]

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South Carolina Democratic Electoral Map

The AP and the New York Times call it a “rout,” and the Washington Post and Politico describe it as “an overwhelming victory.” Barack Obama won 55 percent in the South Carolina Democratic primary today, taking 44 of 46 counties and receiving more votes than every candidate combined in the 2004 primary.
Obama did it [...]

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Electoral Map Daily Compass: Rudy in Florida Edition

Readers — My apologies for not posting more often this week. I’m going to have an item up each [week]day from here on out. To gets things started off on the right foot, here’s the Electoral Map’s Daily Compass for today.
The big questions this week: Will the sun shine on Rudy Giuliani next [...]

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More Nevada and South Carolina Electoral Maps

Nicholas Beaudrot has great maps measuring the strength of the leading candidates in Nevada and South Carolina.  For the Democrats in Nevada, he notes that “Clinton won big not just in Vegas, but also the two neighboring counties, while Obama won the north and fared best in the sparsely populated Northeast.”
Beaudrot’s Nevada Democratic Caucus Map

For [...]

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