Blue Metros, Red States: The Shifting Urban-Rural Divide in America's Swing States

Blue Metros, Red States: The Shifting Urban-Rural Divide in America's Swing States

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Overview

Assessing where the red/blue political line lies in swing states and how it is shifting

Democratic-leaning urban areas in states that otherwise lean Republican is an increasingly important phenomenon in American politics, one that will help shape elections and policy for decades to come. Blue Metros, Red States explores this phenomenon by analyzing demographic trends, voting patterns, economic data, and social characteristics of twenty-seven major metropolitan areas in thirteen swing states—states that will ultimately decide who is elected president and the party that controls each chamber of Congress.

The book’s key finding is a sharp split between different types of suburbs in swing states. Close-in suburbs that support denser mixeduse projects and transit such as light rail mostly vote for Democrats. More distant suburbs that feature mainly large-lot, single-family detached houses and lack mass transit often vote for Republicans. The book locates the red/blue dividing line and assesses the electoral state of play in every swing state. This red/blue political line is rapidly shifting, however, as suburbs urbanize and grow more demographically diverse. Blue Metros, Red States is especially timely as the 2020 elections draw near.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815738480
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 10/06/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 459
Sales rank: 891,005
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

David F. Damore is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and a nonresident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies program. Robert E. Lang holds the Lincy Endowed Chair in Urban Affairs in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, UNLV, and is executive director of Brookings Mountain West and the Lincy Institute. Karen A. Danielsen is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Leadership in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, UNLV.

Table of Contents

Contents:

Foreword

Ruy Teixeira

Preface: The Origins of Blue Metros, Red States

Robert E. Lang

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

David F. Damore, Robert E. Lang, and Karen A. Danielsen

2. Blue Horizons and Red Roadblocks

David F. Damore and Karen A. Danielsen

3. Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania and Virginia

Robert E. Lang

4. South Atlantic: Georgia and North Carolina

Robert E. Lang

5. Florida

Karen A. Danielsen

6. Midwest: Michigan and Ohio

John J. Hudak and Karen A. Danielsen

7. Upper Midwest: Minnesota and Wisconsin

William E. Brown Jr.

8. Texas

David F. Damore and Robert E. Lang

9. Mountain West: Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada

David F. Damore and Robert E. Lang

10. From Blue Metros to Blue States

David F. Damore, Robert E. Lang, and Karen A. Danielsen

Epilogue: The View from Washington

Molly E. Reynolds

Appendix

Index

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