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Atlas of the 2012 Elections

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J. Clark Archer
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Bringing together leading political geographers and political scientists, this atlas analyzes and maps the campaigns, primaries, general election, and key state referenda in the hotly contested 2012 elections.

The presidential election of 2012 was hotly contested, with polls showing President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney neck-and-neck at various points during the campaign. In the end, Democrat Obama won reelection by nearly four percentage points at the national level; he won 26 states and the District of Columbia to Republican Romney’s 24 states. Obama’s victory confirmed that the election of the first African American president in 2008 was not a fluke, suggesting that racial attitudes in the United States have indeed matured in the recent past. Bringing together leading political geographers and political scientists, this authoritative atlas analyzes and maps the campaigns, primaries, general election, and key state referenda in the 2012 elections.

The contributors offer a comprehensive and detailed assessment of a wide array of election issues and results including presidential primaries; newspaper endorsements and campaign stops; the results of the presidential election at the regional and national levels; and key voting patterns by race and ethnicity, religion, occupational groups, age, and poverty. Moving beyond the national race, the atlas examines important senatorial and gubernatorial races and considers selected state referenda including the marijuana votes in Colorado and Washington and same-sex marriage referenda in Maryland, Washington, Colorado, and Minnesota. The voting patterns identified in 2012 elections are also compared to earlier contests to provide political and geographic context over time.

Illustrated with nearly 200 meticulously drawn full-color maps, the atlas will be an essential reference and a fascinating resource for pundits, voters, campaign staffs, and political junkies alike.

Chapter 1: Introduction, J. Clark Archer, Robert H. Watrel, Fiona Davidson, Erin H. Fouberg, Kenneth C. Martis, Richard L. Morrill, Fred M. Shelley, and Gerald R. Webster
Chapter 2: Electoral Structures
Kenneth C. Martis
The Electoral College and the 2012 Presidential Election,
Barney Warf
Kenneth C. Martis
U. S. House Districts and the Republican “Gerrymander” of 2012,
Richard L. Engstrom
Phantom Constituencies and the 2012 Election,
Peter Wagner and Leah Sakala
Chapter 3: Primary Elections
Overview of the Republican Primary Elections,
Fred M. Shelley
Iowa Republican Precinct Caucuses,
Fred M. Shelley
Florida Republican Primary Election,
Fred M. Shelley
Ohio Republican Primary Election,
Fred M. Shelley
Chapter 4: The Campaign
Overview of the Campaign,
Gerald R. Webster
Donorsheds: Individual Contributions to Obama and Romney,
Carl T. Dahlman
Campaign Expenditures in the 2012 Election,
Chris Maier
Campaign Stops,
J. Clark Archer
Geographic Place Name Use in the 2012 Presidential Debates,
Matt Balentine, Justin Frazier, and Gerald R. Webster
Newspaper Endorsements,
Edward Heath Robinson and Gerald R. Webster
Ballot Access in the 2012 Election,
Edward Heath Robinson and Gerald R. Webster
Chapter 5: Outcomes
Results of the 2012 Presidential Election at the State and County Levels,
Fred M. Shelley
The 2012 Presidential Election in Historical Perspective,
J. Clark Archer, Robert H. Watrel, and Fred M. Shelley
Metropolitan Concentration of the Democratic Vote,
Richard L. Morrill and Jason Combs
Micropolitan County Voting,
Jason Combs
Politics in the Diversifying Suburbs,
Christopher Niedt
Chapter 6: Regions
William Berentsen
Kenneth C. Martis
Jonathan Leib
John Heppen
Great Plains,
Robert H. Watrel
Mountain West,
Tony Robinson
Pacific Region,
John Agnew
Chapter 7: Subgroups of the Population
Vote for President and Characteristics of United States Counties,
Richard L. Morrill
Hispanic Voting in the 2012 Presidential Election,
Ryan Weichelt
Asian-American Voting,
Wanjing Chen
The Bible Belt and the 2012 Elections,
Daniel A. McGowin and Gerald R. Webster
Religion and the 2012 Presidential Election,
Fred M. Shelley
Chapter 8: Issues
Health Care in the 2012 Elections,
Sara McLafferty
Foreign Policy in the 2012 Presidential Election,
Steven Radil
Environmental and Energy Ballot Measures in the 2012 Elections,
Barry D. Solomon and Adam M. Wellstead
Membership, Party, and Caucuses in the 113
th Congress, Erin H. Fouberg
The 2013 Farm Bill Controversy,
Erin H. Fouberg
Other Votes in the 113
th House of Representatives, Erin H. Fouberg
Chapter 9: State and Local Elections
Persistence and Change in State and Local Elections,
Richard L. Morrill
A Tale of Turnout: The Rise and Fall of Scott Brown in Massachusetts,
Annika Hagley and Joshua J. Dyck
2012 Virginia Senate Election,
John A. Wertman
2012 Indiana Senate Election,
Steven Radil
2012 Wisconsin Senate Election,
Kenneth French
2012 North Dakota Senate Election,
Robert H. Watrel
2012 Montana Senate Election,
Richard L. Morrill and Larry Knopp
Wisconsin Governor Election and Recall,
Ryan Weichelt
Texas State Senate District 10: Wendy Davis is Re-Elected,
Brooks Heitmeier
Chapter 10: Referenda
A Referendum on the Initiative Process? Ballot Initiative Usage and Content in the 2012 Election,
Joshua R. Meddaugh and Joshua J. Dyck
Votes on Same-sex Marriage in Maine, Minnesota, Maryland and Washington,
Richard Morrill, Larry Knopp, and Michael Brown
Legalization of Marijuana Use in Colorado and Washington,
Richard L. Morrill and Ben Anderstone
Votes at the Local Level: An Example from Seattle,
Richard L. Morrill
Chapter 11: Technical Issues,
Robert H. Watrel and J. Clark Archer

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