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Today's Big Idea: Disruptive Demographics

The Big Idea for Monday, October 15, 2012

As demographics shift, so do the centers of power. This may not be so apparent in this year's presidential election, as the same old swing states, such as Ohio, continue to get all of the attention.

However, looking ahead to the elections in the coming decade, the map could be radically redrawn. One of the biggest factors is a growing hispanic population in border states such as Texas and Arizona, which have been reliably Republican for a generation.

The consequences of these demographic shifts could force a realignment within the major parties, or at the very least force the Republican party to rethink its stance on hot button issues, such as immigration. In the meantime, both parties will need to rethink their strategies that will no longer be based on winning a few key swing states, but redrawing a map that will reflect a new political reality. 


  1. 1 Chance Favors the Prepared Mind: Howard Dean's 50 State Strategy Revisited
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 584 - United Swing States of America: Presidential Election Battle Map
    Frank Jacobs Strange Maps
  3. 3 How do you represent Hispanic Americans?
    Robert Menendez
  4. 4 The Growing Hispanic Vote
    Robert de Neufville Politeia

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