Thursday, November 8, 2012
What is Up Along the Mississippi?
This area completely baffles me. Why is it blue? In truth I have very little experience with that part of the country. The blue dot in the middle of Iowa I have some experience with, that's Des Moines and they wish they were a big city with highbrow intellectuals almost the same as the little blue dot in the middle of Missouri which is Columbia and Home of UMC. The difference is Des Moines kinda pulls it off while Columbia is just foolin itself, but I digress.
The area I have crudely circled is a complete mystery to me. I have some familiarity with both the Missouri and Illinois counties right under this blue stain. I even have some familiarity with the red counties just East of the blue stains in Wisconsin but truth be told I have no real knowledge of the blue areas.
Yet how can they be so different from their neighbors?
There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING there. A few larger towns that don't really rate as even small cities along the river is about it. I would expect Quincy to be blue if that was the reason.
I always thought most of the immigrants up that way were basically the same stock that settled in the Dakotas more or less and the Dakotas go reliably red.
Maybe there is a reader with some knowledge of this area willing to help me out here?