This weekend I’m down in Stafford County, Va., which is a quintessential exurban county. It’s a land of Wal-Mart’s, Chick-fil-A’s and Applebee’s and is growing at a faster pace than the infrastructure can handle, as evidenced by the construction and traffic. Stafford’s a GOP county, and the presence of Quantico Marine Base will always ensure that it leans right, but the county is clearly going through some big changes.
I don’t have a chance to post any maps this weekend, but here are a couple of interesting articles from the past week about the electoral map and the Electoral College.
- The Philadelphia Daily News complains about an “anti-urban bias” and the power distribution of the College.
- The Albany Times Union runs an interview with UVA professor Larry Sabato under the headline “Electoral College a process worth preserving.”
- The Badger Herald reports that Wisconsin might split it’s electoral votes in 2008.
- The Sacramento Bee reports that the group campaigning to split California’s electoral votes has have a million in the bank.
- Amy Walter tracks Rudy Giuliani‘s effort to downplay his moderate positions while simultaneously “boasting of his blue-state credentials” and John Edwards cozying up to the left while pushing his “red-state appeal.”
- ABC News declares “The Republican Party’s Worst Nightmare” — a scenario where Democrats capture Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico