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An observation on the election results

As I’m about to head off home here in Australia, I can’t help but notice somethng about the US election results as they stand right now, and wonder at the significance of it.

It appears that it is a necessary but not sufficient condition for a state to have a shoreline border in order for John Kerry to win it. When you look at the breakdown within states too, it appears that the counties that were closer to water were the ones more likely to favour him.

Wierd huh?

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Written by Alan

November 3, 2004 at 12:38 am

Posted in General

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  1. I’m afraid you may not be seeing or taking in the full picture. Geography in America can also be a representation of how people understand moral issues given their history. See this, particularly the link to the radical analysis, and it may clear matters a bit. What we have in America is a one-sidedness and an atrophy of moral discourse in politics. Democrats main objection to Bush has been formulated in utilitarian terms (familiar to the left-liberals) but most people voting for and against Bush are doing so because of their moral values, which have nothing to do with utilitarianism.

    M. Mortazavi

    November 3, 2004 at 9:37 am

  2. That is interesting. Especially since Minnesota has the most shoreline of all the US states. It’s the land of 1000 lakes.

    Lyle

    November 4, 2004 at 12:05 pm

  3. Well there’s always this that can explain the election results, though I don’t know how truthful/accurate it is:
    click.

    John

    November 12, 2004 at 12:58 pm

  4. Lyle said:
    “That is interesting. Especially since Minnesota has the most shoreline of all the US states. It’s the land of 1000 lakes.”
    That would explain McGovern and Mondale in the past. But I guess the lakes are drying up now, first with an independent Jesse Ventura as governor, and now with Republican Tim Pawlenty as governor, and Republican Norm Coleman in the U.S. Senate.
    Minnesota is now a “purple state”, somewhere between a red and a blue state.

    Mark

    November 18, 2004 at 3:39 am


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