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The 15 Best-Educated Districts in the U.S., and Why It Matters in the Georgia Race

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Very interesting that the most highly educated districts are overwhelmingly Democratic. Nate Cohn reports in the NY Times:

Across the country, there are only 15 congressional districts where at least half of adults have a college degree.

The list includes plenty of caricatures of the liberal elite: “limousine liberals”; “Hollywood liberals”; “latte liberals”; “San Francisco liberals”; “Massachusetts liberals”; and the “D.C. establishment.”

It also includes Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, where a special election on Tuesday has been held up as the first big litmus test of Democratic strength in the Trump era. Education explains why the race is competitive at all.

The district has been staunchly Republican for a generation. Mitt Romney won it by 23 percentage points in 2012 — larger than his margin of victory in Alabama or Kansas.

But President Trump won it by just 1.5 points, and Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old Democrat, won 48.1 percent of the vote in a big field in the first round of voting. Of the 15 best-educated districts in the country, this is the only one Mr. Trump won in November.

President Trump’s strength among less educated white voters has received plenty of attention since his surprise victory in last November’s election. His weakness among well-educated voters has been dissected less thoroughly. But he was nearly as weak among well-educated white voters as he was strong among less educated white voters. His losses — the voters who switched from Mr. Romney to Hillary Clinton — were largest in well-educated but traditionally Republican areas like Georgia’s Sixth. . .

Continue reading.

Very interesting charts at the link.

Written by LeisureGuy

19 June 2017 at 8:54 am

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