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Building a Progressive Center: Political Strategy and Demographic Change in America

Building a Progressive Center: Political Strategy and Demographic Change in America

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Report on political strategy and demographic change in America by Matt Browne, John Halpin, and Ruy Teixeira.
Report on political strategy and demographic change in America by Matt Browne, John Halpin, and Ruy Teixeira.

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Published by: Center for American Progress on Apr 03, 2011
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It’s not just growing demographic groups that are tilting toward Democrats at the
presidential level—it’s also growing areas of the country where these demographic
shifs tend to be concentrated. By and large, Democrats are receiving their stron-
gest support increases in fast-growing, dynamic metropolitan areas, particularly
the largest ones. Tis patern is swelling their majorities in states that already lean
Democratic and pushing many other states into the Democratic column. Conversely,
GOP performance improvements are generally confned to stagnant or declining
areas in rural or small-town America. Te result is a political map with a distinct lean
toward Democrats—a lean that seems likely to increase in coming years.

We can see these geographic shifs by looking at the broad national picture
of the location and types of states Democrats recently carried compared to
Republicans. We can also see them by looking at types of areas within states,
which involves comparing voting shifs in areas of diferent population sizes and
densities from the urban cores of large metropolitan areas down to the most
thinly populated rural areas.

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