Monday, January 7, 2013

Finding The Split In The Republican Party

In 1861, the Confederate States of America seceded from the United States of America. The map below shows the Confederacy in green (with light green showing territory claimed by the Confederacy without formal secession).

Today, the same geographical split exists. But it exists inside the Republican Party.

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act -- a tax cut of more than $3 trillion over the next 10 years. The bill passed by a vote of 257-167.
In order to prevent the "fiscal cliff", this bill required some degree of bipartisan support. And John Boehner (R-OH) managed to convince 36% of his caucus to vote for the bill.

However, the vote breakdown shows a huge geographical split inside the Republican Party:

For Against Support
Original Slave States (1776) 1 29 3.3%
The South 18 84 17.6%
The Northeast 25 2 92.6%
TOTAL 85 151 36.0%

Here is a map showing the breakdown by state. Orange shows where a majority of the Republican Representatives voted for the bill. Red shows where they carried the state by 3 or more votes.

This shows a split in the House that isn't between Republicans and Democrats. It's between Northern Republicans and Southern Republicans.

1 comment:

EPW said...

Very interesting. The Democratic Party went through a split in the late 70's/early 80's. Perhaps the Republican Party is heading for its own, similar split. It's also interesting to me that the former Confederate states appear to be still hanging together philosophically even after 150 years.