The past isn't dead. It isn't even past.
|Presidential vote by county, 2008. See
that blue curving band across the deep south?
|Black Population, 1990
By the way, this effect isn't just present in Obama's victory; Democratic voting and the cotton belt have a longstanding correlation, at least dating back to Lyndon Johnson.
Here are 2004 election results: Yellow is Kerry, blue is Bush.
|In response to
StumbleUpon commenters who suggest the effect is due to urban centers
voting Democratic, here's the population density for 2004.
Since I posted this page originally, the main images have been picked up in
StrangeMaps (which has a nice overlay of the cotton and electoral vote maps)
The Vigorous North (with further explanation tracing this pattern back to the Cretaceous!)
|Allen Gathman, 11/6/2008|