by malkori, Thu Jun 30, 2005 at 11:37:55 AM EDT
Every single electoral vote strategy designed to bring a Democratic candidate above 270 involves winning states with the following voter groups: Southerners, Westerners, and/or rural voters. It is simply impossible to win without appealing to these voters. While the Northeast and Pacific West have been secured, there is absolutely no way to surpass the 270-vote threshold without appealing to Southerners (Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas), Westerners (New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona), or rural voters (aforementioned states plus Missouri, Iowa, and Ohio). Make no mistake about it, a candidate's electability hinges on winning some of these states. Exhibit A: this map of the 2004 presidential election showing which way each county in the nation voted.