Democracy, Diversity, and the 2008 Presidential Election: Mapping State Electoral Votes by Diversity Propensity
This paper is an effort to document the propensity of the voters in the American states to select candidates for major offices who differ from the prevailing pattern of white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) males for the offices of US president and vice president. This will be done by mapping the state victories of non-Protestant candidates for president and vice president (e.g., Kennedy, Kerry, Dukakis, and Lieberman); state victories of ALANA – African, Latino, Asian, and Native American – governors and US Senators (e.g., Obama, Salazar, Locke, Campbell); and state victories of women governors and US Senators (e.g., Richards, Grantholm, Feinstein, and Snowe.
Keywords: US Electoral Politics, Religious Diversity, Ethnic and Racial Diversity, Gender and Politics
Prof. Garrison Nelson
Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Vermont