Kevin Price
It is not "Red state" vs. "Blue state," it is urban vs. rural
By Kevin Price
August 11, 2011

The late Tim Russert, the much beloved political and news broadcaster, was often described as a genius for developing the simple idea of "Red state" versus "Blue state" in summing up the results of elections in general and Presidential elections in particular. I think he had the best of intentions — develop a simple way to explain election results through a clearly defined color scheme. However, the result has been that fewer American than ever understand why certain geographic areas vote in one way while you will find completely different results elsewhere. A closer examination shows that, generally speaking, it is not "red state versus blue state" as much as rural values (Red states) versus urban (Blue states).

With rare exception, Blue States have a huge portion of its population represented by urban areas. These urban areas swing final election results in a significant matter. They vote "Blue" or Democrat. Interestingly, I never liked the GOP being called "Red" because of the obvious reminder of that color's association with Communism. On the other hand, I do like the idea of voting Democrat being "Blue" (as in depressed). Anyway, in a similar manner, with rare exception states that largely vote "Red" have very few large population areas and there is a larger dispersion of population through out a state. Therefore, what we learn, is that the tendency for a state to vote "Blue" means they vote in the interest of urban areas, which tend to be liberal or inclined towards bigger government. Meanwhile, "Red" means they vote in the interest of rural areas which tend to be more liberty minded (conservative) and for smaller government.

This is not a new phenomenon, I believe our Constitution, right from the beginning, was designed and inclined towards rural rather than urban values. According to the American Economic Foundation, in its book How We Live, at the time of the founding of the Republic roughly 80 percent of the population were in agriculture. You cannot get much more rural than that. Therefore the founders of this country would naturally reflect those values in the forming of the Constitution. They include self reliance, personal responsibility, neighbor driven voluntarism, and similar ideas.

Today there is a move towards eliminating the Electoral College. The Electoral College is that Constitutionally mandated institution that makes sure that states get represented for being states, regardless of their population size. This movement would largely eliminate the power of states that lack large urban areas. The desire to eliminate the Electoral College is largely driven by the left. With no Electoral College, liberal candidates could pour all of their resources in select urban areas through TV, radio, and other ads. In order to reach the same number of people outside of urban areas would cost multiples more per voter. This would create an unfair disadvantage to certain politicians and to the constituents who seek their representation. The Electoral College is, to the election process, what the bicameral approach (House and Senate) is to the Congress is to government. It is meant to make sure everyone has a chance to be heard.

© Kevin Price


The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)

Click to enlarge

Kevin Price

Kevin Price is Publisher and Editor in Chief of

His background is eclectic and includes years of experience in both business and public policy, as well as two decades of experience in broadcast journalism. He was an aide to U.S. Senator Gordon Humphrey (R-NH) and later went on to work in policy areas with some of the nation's leading think tanks including the National Center for Public Policy Research and was part of the Heritage Foundation's Annual Guide to Public Policy Experts... (more)


Receive future articles by Kevin Price: Click here

More by this author


Stephen Stone
The most egregious lies Evan McMullin and the media have told about Sen. Mike Lee

Siena Hoefling
Protect the Children: Update with VIDEO

Stephen Stone
Flashback: Dems' fake claim that Trump and Utah congressional hopeful Burgess Owens want 'renewed nuclear testing' blows up when examined

Cliff Kincaid
The origins of queer communism

Curtis Dahlgren
Modern "education:" Blend in; don't stand out, whatever you do

Matt C. Abbott
The case of the Rev. Christopher Senk

Rev. Mark H. Creech
Revelation Chapter 13: The Beast, persecution, and providence

Louie Verrecchio
Dodgers Pride Night: Catholics strike out looking

Jerry Newcombe
Is America still worth fighting for?

Michael Bresciani
Some sound biblical advice for candidate Donald Trump

Marsha West
Are you praying to the only true God?

Tom DeWeese
Unesco and Red Flag Laws

Cliff Kincaid
Ukraine deserves the right to live

Pete Riehm
Corruption confirmed and still no consequences

Rev. Mark H. Creech
Revelation Chapter 13: The activities of the Beast
  More columns


Click for full cartoon
More cartoons


Matt C. Abbott
Chris Adamo
Russ J. Alan
Bonnie Alba
Chuck Baldwin
Kevin J. Banet
J. Matt Barber
Fr. Tom Bartolomeo
. . .
[See more]

Sister sites