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    October 22, 2008

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    Chris VanHaight

    I cannot quite tell if Cleveland is considered part of "Mega-Chicago." As someone whole lived there for about three years, I would say that Cleveland and its suburbs are closer to Mega-Chicago in terms of temperment than the small-town, small-city outlook of Chippewa.

    Robert David Sullivan

    Cleveland's Cuyahoga County is in Chippewa. The main reason is that it didn't share Mega-Chicago's affinity for moderate Republicans such as Ford in 1976 and Bush I in 1988. Unlike Chicago and Detroit, the Cleveland area doesn't seem to change very much from GOP nominee to GOP nominee.

    And while Chippewa does have more small towns and cities than Mega-Chicago does, it still has to include some major population areas in order to be big enough to be one of the 10 regions.

    Of course, Cuyahoga's status could change after the election, when I redraw the map. Interestingly, though, its 54 percent for Obama in the Democratic primary wasn't up to the 60 percent he got in the Mega-Chicago region (which includes Columbus, Ohio's Franklin County, where Obama got 57 percent).

    Dom, Maine

    I would argue that Maine's second (northern) congressional district be taken out of the Upper Coasts. It may not be Libertarian like the adjoining section of northern NH, but northern Maine has much more in common with Chippewa than it does even with coastal Maine, let alone the rest of the Upper Coast. Dominated by the disappearing "forest products" industries, northern Maine tends to vote Democrat but largely for union-based economic reasons, as it is socially conservative (though not Evangelical.) Lest you quickly write off Maine's second district, keep in mind that (A) Maine allots its electoral votes proportionately - that is why Palin visited this week and (B) the second district is the largest (geographically) congressional district east of the Mississippi.

    Robert David Sullivan

    Yes, that 2nd District bears watching. The 1990s version of the district was probably Ross Perot's strongest in the nation in 1992, so it's something of an outlier no matter what region it's in. But there are definite similarities with Chippewa.

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