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    March 28, 2008


    George D. Klein

    It would be helpful if this map could be compared to Goreau's (1978?) map of "The Nine Nations of North AMerica".

    I see interesting similarities.


    I would only object to the inclusion of Vermont in the spot you put it in (although I guess there wasn't really a choice), until 1992 it was the most conserative voting state in the Union and to have it included with the rest of the generally liberal New England and NorthWest section is kind of revisionist.

    Robert David Sullivan

    I think Vermont's status as one of the most conservative states in the Union went out the window in 1964, when it suddenly dropped to 42nd place in terms of the Republican percentage of the vote. (Thanks to Barry Goldwater.) It was never "conservative" on environmental or civil rights issues.


    Interesting theoretical map. But just as Miami-Dade belongs to El Norte, Broward and Palm Beach Counties in Florida really belong to the Northeast Corridor given the overwhelming number of transplants and snowbirds from New York. For the same reason, the Tampa Bay area of Florida should be in Mega-Chicago.

    (I like "Chicagoland" better as a moniker for that region.)

    Robert David Sullivan

    Yes, good points. I will have to look again at Broward and Palm Beach counties when I redraw the map. I didn't put them with the Northeast Corridor last time because it isn't that long ago that they had noticably different voting patterns. (Ronald Reagan was more popular in Broward and Palm Beach than in New York.)

    Tampa's connection to Chicago is interesting, and there is Census data to support the idea that Florida's Gulf Coast has a strong Midwestern orientation. But my goal is to break out pieces of a state only when they don't match the voting patterns of the state overall, so if Tampa and Orlando vote the same way, they'll probably end up in the same region regardless of where people came from.

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