The Economic Divide Between Red and Blue States

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A screen grab of The New York Times 2014 Senate election map. The states with black bars represent Republican pick ups.
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With Congress back in session today, you may already be bracing yourself for the usual partisan fights between lawmakers from "red states" and "blue states." These days, more often than not, the divisions between Republican and Democratic lawmakers have come to define our political discourse.

Though we're all familiar with the common distinctions between red state and blue state politics, much less is said about the difference between red state and blue state economies.

Richard Florida, director for the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and editor at large of CityLab.com, says those economic divisions are just as important as the ideological ones.