[First posted: 8 May 2015]

The Green Papers
Sectional and Regional Political Party
Strength coming out of the 2014 Elections


 

What is found in the tables below is the average Political Party Strength (that is: the average political strength of each of the two Major Parties) in each Section, Region (and, in some cases, sub-Region) of the United States of America (as well as the United States of America as a whole) as determined by the voting behavior of the electorate in State and Federal elections held in the several States of the American Union through the 2014 General Elections. The resultant Political Party Strength in each such Section, Region or sub-Region of the country is here best understood as being that of the average constituent State of the Union in a given Section, Region or sub-Region.

The core data used herein is the same as that found in both the table of Statewide Political Party Strength and the 2014 column in the table of Comparative Political Party Predominance already posted to this website, in which each State of the American Union has (optimally) a total of 100 points divided between the two Major Parties (Democrat and Republican) and, where this might be necessary, Third Parties and/or Independent elective officeholders. The methodology used to so divide the optimum 100 points in each State can be found on either of the pages linked to earlier in this same paragraph.

For purposes of the tables found below on this page, the relevant "scores"- as determined in the manner already described- for each Major Party (and, perhaps, 'Other') in each State have, in addition, been multiplied by the number of Representatives in the lower chamber of the Congress of the United States (this being the U.S. House of Representatives) to which a given State is entitled (these being the number of seats in the U.S. House which have been filled in the most recent General Election for same [in the instant case, that of 2014]). The use of such a multiplier in this way allows for the fairest comparison between States of otherwise disparate population and, in addition, gives a "grand score" (which in each State totals, optimally, the number of Representatives in Congress from that State multiplied by 100) for each of the two Major Parties (as well as any relevant Third Parties or Independents): the grand scores for each Party in each State in a given Section, Region or sub-Region are thereafter added together and the resultant sum is then divided by the total number of Representatives in Congress from that particular Section, Region or sub-Region; this result is then rounded to the nearest whole integer to produce the averages found in the tables below (the same process, by the way, has also been applied to the United States of America as a whole to produce a NATIONWIDE average for each Party).

As to the Sections, Regions and sub-Regions into which the United States of America has been divided hereon, these are the same as those found on our site's page re: the Congressional Political Party Breakdown by Section and Region (and sub-Region) already posted to this website: for those who might be interested, the justification for so dividing the country in the following manner can be found in the explanatory verbiage placed underneath the tables on that page.

 
 

TABLE I. Average Political Party Strength by SECTIONs of the United States of America

  • NORTHEAST: CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI & VT
  • MIDWEST: IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, OH & WI
  • SOUTH: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA & WV
  • WEST: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, KS, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, SD, UT, WA & WY
SECTION Averages
Dem GOP other
NORTHEAST 77 22 1
MIDWEST 51 49 --
SOUTH 24 76 --
WEST 64 35 1
       
NATIONWIDE 50 50 --

 

TABLE II. Average Political Party Strength by Regions within the United States of America

  • NE 1- New England: CT, ME, MA, NH, RI & VT
  • NE 2- Mid-Atlantic: DE, MD, NJ, NY & PA
  • MW 1- 'Upper' Midwest: IL, MI, MN & WI
  • MW 2- 'Lower' Midwest: IN, IA & OH
  • S 1- 'Upper' ("Border") South: AR, KY, MO, NC, TN, VA & WV
  • S 2- 'Lower' ("Deep") South: AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, SC & TX
  • W 1- Interior West: AK, AZ, CO, ID, KS, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, SD, UT & WY
  • W 2- Pacific Coast: CA, HI, OR & WA
Region Averages
Dem GOP other
NE 1: New England 78 20 2
NE 2: Mid-Atlantic 77 23 --
MW 1: Upper Midwest 60 40 --
MW 2: Lower Midwest 35 65 --
S 1: Upper [Border] South 32 68 --
S 2: Lower [Deep] South 19 81 --
W 1: Interior West 25 74 1
W2: Pacific Coast 90 10 --
       
NATIONWIDE 50 50 --

 

TABLE III. Average Political Party Strength within certain 'sub-Region's within the United States of America

Table III-A

  • NE 2 A: DE, NJ & NY
  • NE 2 B: MD & PA
sub-Region Averages
Dem GOP other
NE 2 A: old New Netherland 82 18 --
NE 2 B: outside old New Netherland 68 32 --
       
NE 2- Mid Atlantic as a whole 77 23 --

 

Table III-B

  • W 1 A: AK, ID, KS, MT, NE, ND, OK, SD & WY
  • W 1 B: AZ, CO, NV, NM & UT
sub-Region Averages
Dem GOP other
W 1 A: outside formerly far northern Mexico/Nueva España 7 91 2
W 1 B: within formerly far northern Mexico/Nueva España 37 63 --
       
W 1- Interior West as a whole 25 74 1
   


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