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Mitt Romney’s not painting the map red (or is he?)

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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

In 2004, USA Today made a splash when they published a map of America showing which counties went for Bush versus Kerry. Although the election was quite close, the map made it clear that — geographically, at least — America was almost all “red.”

Republicans, at the time, used this map to argue that the vast majority of “real” America was with them — that only effete city slickers (mostly on the coasts) liked Kerry.

Over at the Washington Post, our friend Aaron Blake has posted some state maps, which I think demonstrates that a similar phenomenon is at play in the Republican primary. Romney performs very well in population-rich cities, but very poorly in rural areas. It’s basically the 2012 version of John Kerry’s map (except Romney is “yellow,” not blue).

Here’s South Carolina:

And Tennessee…

And Ohio….