2012 Election


A Website That Wants to Help Republicans Win in Cities

A party without much urban infrastructure starts thinking about the future, from council races on up.


Rand Paul Thinks He Can Show the GOP How to Court Urban Voters

The libertarian from Kentucky has his own plan for how to save Detroit.


The U.S. Metros With the Most Political Influence

In 2012, just 10 counties - out of 3,000 - were responsible for 30 percent of contributions made by individuals to national candidates.

Conor Sen

'If You Live Near Other People, You're Probably a Democrat. If Your Neighbors Are Distant, Republican'

The latest evidence of the political influence of density.


The Demographic Milestone of the 2012 Election

For the first time, blacks voted at a higher rate nationally than whites.

How the Density of Your County Affects How You Vote

There's a decisive break between Democratic and Republican support at a population density of 800 persons/per square mile.

MPI's Zara Matheson

What Is It Exactly That Makes Big Cities Vote Democratic?

Not all urban areas are bastions of blue. Population, density and education all play a role.


2012's Biggest Transportation Successes

Amtrak posts a record year, California approves high-speed rail, and more.

Chris Howard

The Real Reason Cities Lean Democratic

How politics are inseparable from density, and what this means for Republicans.


We Shouldn't Be Surprised That Most Transit Referendums Won

Last week's results are very encouraging — but they're actually in line with recent success rates.

Regardless of Who Wins the White House, America Is Still More Conservative Than It Used to Be

The trend over the past decade is clear.

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3 Gubernatorial Toss-Ups With High Urban Stakes

A Cities guide to the very close state-level elections.


This Could Boil Down to Turnout in Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Miami

America's major cities lean Democratic, but these swing state metropolises could end up playing a deciding role.


Romney's Murky Urban Agenda

As Massachusetts governor, Romney was a believer in smart growth, climate change and mass transit. But the same man may not enter the White House, if he wins.


The Geography of the Latino Vote

Hispanic voters could influence the presidential race in key battleground states.

Obama vs. Romney: Who Has the Better Graffiti?

Predicting the outcome of the 2012 election with a highly scientific analysis of wall doodles.


How the Creative Class Is Reshaping America's Electoral Map

Educated professionals are anchoring a new kind of voting coalition.


If Romney Stumbles in South Carolina, Is the Economy to Blame?

The serious economic challenges facing the next three GOP primary states may hurt Romney and help more conservative candidates