Atlas of the 2008 Elections by Stanley D. Brunn, Gerald R. Webster, Richard L. Morrill,

By Stanley D. Brunn, Gerald R. Webster, Richard L. Morrill, Fred M. Shelley, Stephen J. Lavin, J. Clark Archer

The U.S. presidential election of 2008 used to be probably the most major elections in fresh American background. Bringing jointly top geographers and political scientists, this authoritative atlas analyzes and maps the campaigns, primaries, common election, and key kingdom referenda to supply a wealthy photograph of this watershed event.

The individuals provide a entire and specified evaluation of all points of the election, offering presidential effects on the nationwide point, in significant areas, and in swing states. Drilling right down to county point, they hint balloting styles for key racial, ethnic, spiritual, and occupational teams. additionally they illustrate the crusade thoughts of Democratic and Republican celebration leaders. relocating past the nationwide race, the atlas compares vital senatorial and gubernatorial races to presidential votes and considers chosen country referenda similar to marriage amendments, farm animal cruelty, stem telephone study, and physician-assisted suicide. for extra context and intensity, the 2008 election effects are in comparison with earlier nationwide elections.

Illustrated with greater than 2 hundred meticulously drawn full-color maps, the atlas can be a necessary reference and a desirable source for pundits, citizens, crusade staffs, and political junkies alike.

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7 percent of his total receipts. Small donors and large donors each accounted for about 18 percent of all funds. Identifying the distribution and size of individual contributions allows us to see clusters of donors. Shown here are individual contributions summed for each three-digit zip code; for example, all zip codes in the Seattle area that begin with 981 are grouped together. These data are limited in one important way: Federal disclosure laws do not require information on donors whose contributions are small, two hundred dollars or less.

7 percent. All twelve counties also have lower per capita incomes than the state per capita income of $20,880. Thus, Clinton did best among older, white, lower-income, blue-collar voters, whereas Obama did best among younger voters, professionals, and African Americans. 11 ■ 25 ■ THREE ▼ ▼ ▼ CHAPTER CAMPAIGNS ▼ ■ ESTIMATED MEDIA ADVERTISING OUTLAYS GERALD R. 1 million television ads in the 2008 elections. In total, over three-quarters of the ads were paid for by campaigns of the candidates, with the political parties and interest groups accounting for the remainder.

S. population weighted by income. Most contributions come from individuals living in professional and wealthy neighborhoods of major metropolitan areas. These donors are a key part of national political campaigns, yet they represent a small fraction of the population and an even smaller cross-section of American communities. What is, perhaps, more surprising is how both major-party 30 ■ CHAPTER 3 candidates have very similar donor-sheds, even if the actual level of support for McCain was a fraction of that for Obama.

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