Understanding the political geography of the U.S.

11/14/2012 | Hill, The

Americans tend to locate near other people who share similar political views, creating a large number of counties that either tend to be reliably Democratic or Republican during election season, writes Timothy Heleniak, director of the American Geographical Society. "The reason that many find the closeness of the election amazing is that over time, we have segregated ourselves geographically into such like-minded clusters, that we are seldom exposed to people with differing political views," writes Heleniak, who suggests that eliminating the Electoral College could expose the country to new ideas.

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