Battleground State Demographics Diverge
Florida and Ohiotwo of the most critical "battleground" states in the fall presidential electionare "hardly demographic twins," writes visiting fellow Bill Frey in this month's issue of American Demographics. To the contrary, argues Frey, the two states' respective populations reflect "vastly different electorates moving inexorably in opposite demographic directions." Florida, on the one hand, epitomizes a swath of battleground states that is growing rapidly, both from domestic and foreign migration. By contrast, Ohio's population growth lags behind along with ten other stagnant battlegrounds. Given those crosscurrents, Ohio and Florida loom as at once similar and different this fall, suggests Frey. Each state may exert heavy influence on who gets elected in November, but going forward Florida's clout is on the upswing, while Ohio's is waning.
Thanks to Chris Steins