Are red and blue states a myth

The myth of the blue states

A drive through the US state of Washington clearly shows the discrepancy: In the largely rural and small-town country in the north-western corner of the USA, the Trump signs literally shoot out of the floors of the front gardens. That is surprising in one of the democratic core countries, which was reliably colored blue in the last seven presidential elections. The common graphic form of illustration on the electoral map, in which states with a democratic majority appear in blue and red stands for the Republicans, is misleading. It is not blue countries, but blue cities like Seattle that are decisive in favor of the Democrats.

The reason lies in the population distribution in the USA. The majority of people live in cities with a liberal character. In large states, their residents far outnumber the traditionally conservative population. Without the cities, the election map on Tuesday would be very monotonous: red everywhere you look, no trace of the blue of the Democrats, apart from the ever-blue capital Washington D.C.

That says something about the nature of the democratic party. It primarily appeals to city dwellers, in the country it cannot get a foot on the ground. However, the party strategists are still trying to succeed in non-urban areas and are thus being criticized from within their own ranks: Shifting resources to the countryside would be a waste, and instead, say the pragmatic democrats should consciously position themselves as an urban party. They could get a boost if tomorrow's results in some cities are no longer enough to turn the generally red states to blue.

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