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Claim: Maps show similarity between 2004
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
2004 U.S. Presidential Election Results
Pre-Civil War Free vs. Slave States
It is true that a map showing the locations of free and slave states (and territories) in the pre-Civil War U.S. bears a rough resemblance to a map showing the electoral vote results for the 2004 U.S. presidential election. Senator John Kerry won most of the states in the northeast, the Great Lakes, and the Pacific coast regions, while President
On the eve of the Civil War (which began in April 1861), the United States was very sharply divided along regional lines. Going into the 1860 campaign, the two major parties both essentially
The electorate in 2004 was not nearly so sharply divided along regional lines, however
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According to exit polls and analysis of county-by-county election returns, the sharpest geographic distinction between the two candidates did not primarily correspond to region but to size of community: Senator John Kerry had a substantial
Last updated: 11 November 2004
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