Travis
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Travis asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 3 months ago

How did Joe Biden win Pennsylvania when he only won 13 of the 67 counties ?

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago
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    Because counties don't all have the same population.  This is something that conservatives don't seem to get.  I see some of them trying to demonstrate how Trump is supposedly popular by pointing to all the counties he won.  And it's true that in both elections he won more counties than his Democratic opponents.  But counties don't vote, people do.  Nationally, Los Angeles County is the largest county.  It has more people than 40 of the 50 states (individually, not combined).  The smallest county is Loving County Texas, which has fewer than 200 people. 

    The same thing is true in Pennsylvania (although not on such as extreme scale).  The smallest county is Cameron County, with just over 5,000 people.  The largest county is Philadelphia County with over 1.5 million people.  So Philadelphia County has over 300 times the population o Cameron County.  Guess which county each candidate won?  That's right, Trump carried around three quarters of the vote in tiny Cameron County.  Biden carried 81% of the vote in massive Philadelphia County.  That pattern repeated itself throughout the state.  Biden carried Philly, Pittsburgh, and the populous counties in the Philly suburbs (as well as a few others like around Erie and State College).  Trump carried the less populous counties elsewhere in the state.  This pattern repeated itself in many states.  In New York, for example, Trump won more counties than Biden.  But Trump mainly prevailed in the less populous counties upstate.  Half of the state's population lives in the 8 southernmost counties and Biden carried six of those.  Biden also prevailed in every other urban area of the state: Albany, Rochester, Buffalo, and in the populous suburban counties of the Hudson Valley.  Trump mostly prevailed in the rural counties which are largely empty of people (I should know, i live in one of them). 

    This is a factor which mapmakers have pointed out for a long time.  Our traditional election maps can be deceptive.  That's because they prioritize geographic accuracy whereas the thing which counts in elections is population.  For example, Wyoming looms large in the map of the continental United States.  But it's got about one third of the population of The Bronx, just one borough of New York City.  Republicans tend to do better in rural areas while Democrats tend to do better in urban ones.  So the maps we see can artificially inflate a sense of Republican support by creating geographic seas of red dotted with smaller amounts of blue.  But this elides the fact that the blue areas are often packed with people.  The dichotomous blue and red color scheme also elides shades of support.  Not all wins are the same.  In 2016, for example, Trump got less than half of the vote in Michigan and two thirds of the vote in West Virginia, and yet both were colored the same red.  This also holds true within states.  Saying that someone "won" a county doesn't tell us if they won by a sliver or a landslide.  When figuring out overall vote totals that matters. 

  • ?
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    The Yankees are playing the Cubs. The Yankees score 10 home runs in the 1st inning then nothing for the rest of the game. The Cubs score 1 home run in each inning for a total of 9.

     

    The Cubs scored more points in 8 innings compared to just 1 for the Yankees, yet the Yankees won the game.

     

    That's how.

  • 3 months ago

    Biden performed badly across America as a whole. He only won 17% of counties and all across the US he performed much worse than Obama, EXCEPT, in just four municipalities where he outperformed anyone in the history of US elections, can you guess where those four municipalities were? It shouldn’t be hard, they’re on the news a lot lately

  • 3 months ago

    Because it's dependent on how many votes you get. Not how many counties you win. And in most states  the population is clustered in a few counties.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    He stole it.    

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    I'm glad you weren't one of the Framers.

  • Matt
    Lv 6
    3 months ago

    because the 54 counties that Trump won hardly have anyone living in them, land doesn't vote for POTUS, people do

  • Sally
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    He won the counties with all the people in them.

  • ennui
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Counties don't vote. People do. Those counties have more people than the ones that didn't vote for him. 

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    More people live in those 13 counties.

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