Racing For ’08/Archive
In this presidential election, the best seat in the house could be found in a small newspaper in a small town in far western Iowa. That's where I was.
Take one map from 2008 and another from 1860 -- and you can see how the country has changed both a lot and a little in nearly a century and a half.
Since the last presidential election, poorer people have been moving into those counties where the percentage of the Republican vote increased in 2008.
The city vote for Barack Obama was so large it washed away the returns from more than 2500 rural and exurban counties.
There were 375 counties that voted for one party in the 2004 presidential election and a different party this year. The Yonder is keeping a list.
These are the 213 rural counties where voters supported one party in 2004 and a different party in 2008.
These are the 49 exurban counties where voters supported one party in 2004 and a different party in 2008.