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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Seeing RED

Elections

What would happen if all states awarded their electoral votes, congressional district by congressional district, as Maine and Nebraska do? Nebraska was a red state in 2008 with the exception of its 2nd district, which went for Obama and contributed its 1 electoral college vote for him.

Look at the 2008 map. I found it interesting to see the distribution of counties going for McCain and Obama--especially in swing states that went for Obama. America Is Still a 'Red' Nation: Election Map 2008: 



Click map for larger version 

Click here for the 2004 map

 

Click here for the 2000 map

The New England states in the northeast are the bluest, Wisconsin would be next. Even California and New York state are redder that we are!

Of course we aren't going to see a congressional district by congressional district distribution of electoral college votes. In fact, there are liberals who would like to see the electoral college eliminated all together. That would be a mistake. The electoral college was set up in 1787 to prevent areas of dense population from deciding elections. It was an effort to give the entire country a voice in choosing our leaders. 

If someone is relocating, either within a state or across country, checking the red/blue congressional district maps might be helpful in deciding which state or district to choose. If I ever move, I want to see RED! 

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Brookfield7, Fairly Conservative, Vicki Mckenna, Jay Weber, The Right View Wisconsin, Mark Levin, CNS News

 

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