The 2020 presidential election was one of the most historic, contested, and contentious in American history. Joe Biden was the oldest person elected president. Kamala Harris was the first female elected vice president and the first vice president of Black and Asian descent. The primaries, campaigns, and elections were held for the first time amid an international and national pandemic. Despite this, voter turnout was the highest in 120 years. Donald Trump was the first president in modern times who refused to concede, leading to numerous lawsuits over the election process and results, although election litigation and state officials found no evidence of large-scale voter fraud. Nevertheless, continued claims of a stolen election led to a riotous mob occupation of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in an attempt to overturn the Electoral College results.
The Atlas of the 2020 Elections explains the results of the 2020 elections with a series of unique maps unleashing the illustrative power of cartography and the relevance of history and political geography. The contributors—a balanced mix of geographers, political scientists, and historians—provide a comprehensive examination of the election process from the primary campaigns through the general election and post-election events. In addition to the presidential election, the Atlas has full coverage of other important races, including congressional races, state races, and local and state referenda. Illustrated with more than 150 meticulously drawn full-color maps and numerous graphs and tables, the Atlas will be an essential reference and a fascinating resource for scholars, teachers, students, pundits, campaign staff, and political junkies alike, and for all who care about the American democratic process.
Robert H. Watrel is associate professor of geography at South Dakota State University.
Kimberly Johnson Maier is instructor of geography at South Dakota State University.
Ryan Weichelt is professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.
Fiona M. Davidson is associate professor of geography at the University of Arkansas.
John Heppen is professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
Erin H. Fouberg is associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of geography at Northern State University.
J. Clark Archer is professor of geography at University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Richard Morrill is emeritus professor of geography at the University of Washington.
Fred M. Shelley is emeritus professor of geography at the University of Oklahoma.
Kenneth C. Martis is emeritus professor of geography at West Virginia University.
Figures and Tables
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Primary Elections
Chapter 3. The Campaign
Chapter 4. Outcomes
Chapter 5. Regions
Chapter 6. Demographics and Identity
Chapter 7. Congressional Elections and Roll Call Votes
Chapter 8. State Elections, Local Elections and Referenda
Chapter 9. Post-Election Events
Chapter 10. The 2020 Election and Beyond
Chapter 11. Technical Chapter
List of Contributors
Far more than a straight-forward spatial analysis of the vote, this atlas offers telling insights into a wide range of matters pertinent to the 2020 U.S. presidential election: campaign travel and spending patterns, the geographic language used in the debates, regional religious influences on the vote, and much more. The contributors to the atlas comprise a veritable who's who of prominent commentators on politics and electoral geography. Together they have produced a set of essays and maps that make this book an indispensable guide to one of the most consequential presidential elections of our time.
Many books are called invaluable, but this one is essential. A century or more from now, people will still be talking about the 2020 election. The results were clear—Donald Trump was ousted from the White House and Joe Biden installed—but also controversial and disputed by the losing side, fueling a deeply disturbing insurrection at the U.S. Capitol while the electoral vote was being tabulated on January 6, 2021. Americans need to study this election, and the forces that drove it, because understanding what happened will help us prevent the conditions that fomented a rebellion. The authors do a brilliant job of presenting the data; the volume’s maps are stunning and the analysis insightful.
The authors of the entries in the Atlas of the 2020 Elections offer a unique and welcome contribution to our understanding of the tumultuous events of 2020. Their deft use of maps illuminates the action from multiple geographical perspectives--national, regional, state, county, and city. Their book will serve as valuable primary resource for scholars and students of American electoral politics.
Red and blue have become synonymous with our political parties, and with this, citizens, scholars, and popular observers alike have all become more attuned to the political geography of American elections. Since the 2008 election, the quadrennial Atlas series from Rowman & Littlefield has done much to increase our understanding of this geography and the latest edition on the 2020 election edited by Watrel et al. continues this tradition of excellence. In this book, readers will find informative discussions of topics ranging from campaign dynamics, to historical and spatial analyses, to demographic features of this election, from scholars drawn from a variety of disciplines. The insightful analyses are complemented by extensive maps, tables, and figures. This book is an essential addition to the library of anyone interested in understanding the political geography of one of the most consequential elections in recent decades.
The importance of America’s distinctive political geography just keeps growing from one election to the next, as our citizens and institutions respond to the surging forces of partisanship and polarization. The comprehensive series of maps and figures packed into the Atlas of the 2020 Elections provide a unique account of a remarkable and historic contest held during an unprecedented moment in history. From election results and candidate visits to campaign donations and congressional roll-call votes, this volume shows that nearly everything in politics has a geographic story behind it that can be best told with the help of a well-drawn map.
11/11/21, Choice: This title was included in a roundup of “Forthcoming Titles in Reference, 2021.”