Micropolitan Areas Help Influence Election

Micropolitan Areas Help Influence Election

Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech

A new report from the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech traces the impacts of the newly designated micropolitan areas on the 2004 Presidential election. Finding include: In 2004, President George W. Bush won the nation's micropolitan areas (Micros) by a margin of 61 to 39 percent over John Kerry. The micropolitan category has gone from relative obscurity to playing a major role in a national election. Bush's victories in the Micros made it possible for him to win Ohio's electoral votes and, in turn, the presidency. Bush won 27 of the state's 29 Micros. Micros accounted for almost 12 million votes in 2004, which constituted more than one in ten ballots cast in the presidential election.

Related Link: MICRO POLITICS: The 2004 Presidential Vote in Small-Town America

For more information contact:

Robert Lang
Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech
1021 Prince Street, Ste 100
VA 22314

Phone: 703.706.8100
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.mi.vt.edu/

Posted November 23, 2004

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