Sean Trende has done a series of articles analyzing Trump's win, culminating in this one, which focuses on the geographical distribution of deep-Blue support. Because we still have a federal system and do not elect Presidents by popular vote, the very division of the country into states imposes a basic gerrymandering on the electoral map. Add to that a rural-urban split that's been growing for 30 years, and you have an electoral map in which a candidate like Clinton is "wasting" votes by running up the score in states like California, where she already had a lock on the electors. A winning strategy requires finding a message that also works outside the large cities, which are concentrated in a few states. Bouncing the rubble in those states won't get you the White House.
By Texan99 on Saturday, January 21, 2017