As we’ve said before, Michael Barone knows as much as anyone alive about the nuts and bolts of American politics. His Almanac of American Politics has just been published; for Michael’s take on what it all means, check out his blog:
The just published Almanac of American Politics 2006, of which I am co-author, is out and can be ordered: www.aap2006.com. It includes the presidential vote within each congressional district, as calculated by Polidata.
Let me add here some additional analysis of the presidential vote by CD. Nationwide Bush’s percentage increased 3 percent from 2000 to 2004, from 48 to 51 percent. In most CDs his percentage increased between 0 percent (rounded off) and 5 percent, as one might expect.
Where did Bush gain most (6 percent or more)? In districts that can be characterized by the following labels: Italians, Jacksonians, Latinos, and Asians.
Where did the Bush percentage decline most (3 percent or more)? In districts that can be characterized by the following labels: Universities, Episcopalians, Changing Neighborhoods.
This is just a summary, of course; for chapter and verse, read the whole thing.
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