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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Red State, Blue State Update

Thursday, September 30, 2004

A follow up to Monday's post, Red States Feed at Federal Trough, Blue States Supply the Feed, which linked to a new Tax Foundation study showing that of the 32 states (and the District of Columbia) that are "winners" -- receiving more in federal spending than they pay in federal taxes -- 76% are Red States that voted for George Bush in 2000, while of the 16 states that are "losers" -- receiving less in federal spending than they pay in federal taxes -- 69% are Blue States that voted for Al Gore in 2000.

Roth & Company has a helpful map showing the Red States (who receive more in federal spending than they pay in federal taxes) and Blue States (who receive less in federal spending than they pay in federal taxes):

Map of Tax Winner/Loser States

The map looks suspiciously like the Red State (Bush)/Blue State (Gore) breakdown in the 2000 election:

US 50 States Map

Jim Maule (Villanova) has a thoughtful Red State/Blue State discussion on his blog.

Finally, as Miami Prof Michael Froomkin hunkers down for tonight's Presidential debate on his campus, he passed on an interesting map that has been making the rounds in the blogosphere showing the paths of Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Ivan through the Bush Red Counties in Florida while skirting the Gore Blue Counties:

Map Tracking of 2004 Hurricanes

For a site debunking the Red County hurricane thesis, see here. (Thanks to reader Juan Smith for the tip.)

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