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Wednesday, November 07, 2012
The more rural a voter, the more likely for Romney
Mitt Romney won 59 percent of the rural vote yesterday, according to exit poll results reported by CNN and other news outlets. That was five percentage points better than John McCain in 2008 and even beat George W. Bush's 2004 percentage by two points, but did not quite equal Bush's 2000 share of 61 percent.
Put another way, the more urban a voter, the more likely he or she was to vote for President Obama. USA Today illustrates the data this way, with each sector's percentage of the vote at the left:
Romney's rural performance reversed a decline in Republican presidential nominees' performance among rural voters. That hit a low of 49 percent in 1996, when Bill Clinton was re-elected, but zoomed upward when his vice president, Al Gore, tried to succeed him. For a graph and short story from the Daily Yonder, click here.