The 2016 Presidential Election and the Transformation of the Blue State—Red State Electoral Map: Retrospect and Prospect

The electoral reality today--and one that has been developing over the past several decades--is that more and more of each presidential campaign is being fought out in fewer and fewer states. It truly is a matter of the incredible shrinking battleground states, where fewer and fewer Americans have greater and greater electoral power.

Lecture Description

This lecture surveys the way the Electoral College playing field has shifted dramatically since the 2016 election. The result has been a further narrowing of the number of contested or battleground states which now have an outsized importance in the calculations of campaigns. It also examines the way recent results have either solidified or reversed past historical trends and the ramifications of those trends.


Elections, Electoral College, Voting Rights Politics

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