Essay about Geography of the 2012 U.S. Election

1355 Words Dec 3rd, 2012 6 Pages
The 2012 Presidential Election has just come to a close, leaving much data to be analyzed. One piece of this data is the geographical information related to the outcome of the election, which is often used to find relations between demographics and regions. These relations can be defined country wide or more specifically, when studying states called swing states. It is said that the results of these swing states can determine the outcome of the entire election. The overall geography of the 2012 Election looked like what most expected it to, with Obama winning with 332 of the electoral votes to Romney's 206 (Andrews, Bartz and Tumgoren). In fact, Nate silver, of the New York Times, correctly predicted every single state's winner. Regions …show more content…
Romney only received 10% of his votes from the same three races (Todd, Murray, Montanaro and Brower; Thompson). These two examples make it clear that age and race made a big difference in who was receiving more votes. Out of the 8 key swing states in this election, which were Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin, Ohio was by far the most talked about this year. It has actually been the most discussed swing state for many past years as well, as it has been a "general election bellwether since 1980" ("Key Swing States in 2012."). Ohio ended up being won by Obama in this election. The geography of voting in Ohio can give some insight into why and how this happened. When looking at the individuals counties in Ohio, it's clear that most of the counties that went to Obama did so because of the major cities located within those counties. For example, both Cuyahoga County and Franklin County went to be Obama with 68.8% and 60.1% of votes (Andrews, Bartz and Tumgoren). Both of those counties hold some of the biggest cities in the state: Cleveland and Columbus. Whereas a county with a smaller population density, Adams County, was won by Romney with 62% of votes, leaving Obama only 35.8% (Andrews, Bartz and Tumgoren). The demographic patterns of Ohio turned out to be similar to that of the entire United States. Age and race differences within the state affected votes

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