Race has played a major factor in these predominately white rural counties. Since the 2008 election, political scientists have been working to measure how racial attitudes are linked to voting, and when it comes to Obama, the data spikes.
Even though the U.S. Asian population grew faster than any other racial group in the past decade, neither political party has put much effort into tapping them.
The richest voters support Republicans, but the richest states support Democrats. White voters without a college degree overwhelmingly favored Republicans in 2008 and 2010, but they’re making up a shrinking share of the electorate.
If you think this contraception debate is hot, just wait until affirmative action reenters the public debate in a big way in the weeks before the November election.