As President-Elect Donald Trump holds his first public event since declaring victory late on Election Night, Mr. Trump will venture to two states that he won, but actually hold his events in two of the very few blue counties in Ohio and Indiana.
It’s a reminder that the electorate wasn’t so much divided by states in November, but maybe more so by urban and more rural areas.
The President-Elect first stops in Indianapolis to discuss the deal with the company Carrier, which was brokered in part by Gov. and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence.
Indiana was a typical state where Donald Trump won handily on Election Night, as he won 88 of Indiana’s 92 counties.
But one of the four that were carried by Hillary Clinton was Marion County – which holds the Indianapolis metro area, as these numbers from the New York Times show:
This evening, Messrs. Trump and Pence will hold a campaign-style rally at an arena in downtown Cincinnati. Ohio was another comfortable victory for the President-Elect, but Hamilton County, which holds Cincinnati resisted that red tide.
Just like in Indiana, Trump dominated Ohio, winning 81 of 88 counties in the Buckeye State.
What is notable the election night maps of those two states – and many others from the November elections – is how concentrated the support is for Clinton and the Democratic Party, mainly in larger cities, urban areas, as well as college towns.
In Ohio, Clinton won the counties surrounding Cincinnati, Toledo, Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Ohio University (Athens County), and Youngstown.
In Indiana, Clinton only won the counties around Indianapolis, Gary (far northwest, Chicago suburbs), and two counties that are centered around major colleges – St. Joseph County (home to Notre Dame) and Monroe County (home to Indiana University).
These two states are a reminder that the Red-Blue divide in the U.S. is not necessarily between different states, but much more of an urban/rural divide.
It’s not just “fly-over” country versus the two coasts; there are a lot of states with their own internal divides, just like these two states where the President-Elect begins his victory tour today.
Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence get the chance to celebrate those results a bit more today.