Readers — My apologies for not posting more often this week. I’m going to have an item up each [week]day from here on out. To gets things started off on the right foot, here’s the Electoral Map’s Daily Compass for today.
The big questions this week: Will the sun shine on Rudy Giuliani next Tuesday? And has Barack Obama built a winning coalition in South Carolina?
- Carl Leubsdorf analyzes Rudy’s big gamble: “The former mayor’s support has begun to drop in his supposed coastal strongholds.”
- And Campaigns & Elections asks, “Can Giuliani Re-Draw the Map?”
- Mort Kondracke examines the GOP Suburban Caucus, reppin’ “from San Diego to Connecticut.”
- Kurtz anticipates the Super Tuesday battle for “New York and California and all the super duper states in between.”
- Ex-Hotliners Reid Wilson and Kyle Trygstad interview John Ensign about the Senate electoral map.
- E.J. Kalafarski and Chadwick Matlin at Map the Candidates have Dems hitting the Palmetto State and GOPers soaking up the Sunshine State.
- Ambinder looks at Obama’s demograhpics: “Obama’s South Carolina coalition bodes well for him in other Southern states, such as Alabama and Georgia, where wave after wave of white working-class voters have deserted the Democratic Party. But in the largest states voting on Tsunami Tuesday, February 5, (California, New Jersey, and New York) and in later-voting large states (Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas), the party’s changing demographics work against Obama.” (subscription required)
- Jonathan Martin reports that Huck wants to “build a massive highway from Bangor, Maine, to Miami.”
- Condé Nast Portfolio presents the map of union membership in the United States. Notice how it mirrors the traditional electoral map. What came first the chicken or the egg?