Rich State, Poor State, Red State, Blue State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do

(with Andrew Gelman, David Park, Joseph Bafumi, and Jeronimo Cortina)

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Published September 2008 by Princeton University Press

On the night of the 2000 presidential election, Americans sat riveted in front of their televisions as polling results divided the nation’s map into red and blue states. Since then the color divide has become a symbol of a culture war that thrives on stereotypes–pickup-driving red-state Republicans and elitist, latte-sipping blue-state Democrats. Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State debunks these and other political myths.



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