Immigration a Crucial Factor in Shifting Political Battlegrounds

BY Hari Sreenivasan  January 6, 2010 at 10:22 AM EST

At the dawn of another election year, it’s always helpful to take stock of where the political landscape stands and how it’s changed.

Twenty eight years ago, the campaign battlegrounds were located in very different places than they are now. One thing that appears to be a crucial factor in reshaping U.S. politics is migration, according to Patchwork Nation project director Dante Chinni.

In the 1982 midterm election, big cities and evangelical epicenters were in play while the wealthy suburbs were solidly Republican, Chinni said.

“In terms of the metro/rural divide, that kind of politics between Republicans and Democrats is a fairly recent thing,” Chinni said on his most recent visit to the Rundown. “We think of it just kind of that’s the way things are in politics.”

Read more from Chinni about the Patchwork Nation findings on immigration’s political impact.