Why Republicans May Not Need an Urban Agenda, in One Chart
The Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman suggests one useful way to measure the two parties’ relationships to urban America: Look at the amount of land mass each represents in the House. He crunched the numbers, based on census data.
The result is startling: Republicans represent 57 percent of House seats, but those cover 85.7 percent of land mass. Democrats represent 43 percent of House seats, but those cover 14.2 percent of land mass:
“Republican members of the House are the most disconnected from urban America — they represent disproportionately rural and suburban districts,” Wasserman tells me. “No party has ever held that great a percentage of land mass.”