Type of Document Thesis Author McEwen, John Winsor URN etd-12102009-163912 Title The Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area: An Exception on the Electoral Landscape of North Florida Degree Master of Science Department Geography, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Philip E. Steinberg Committee Chair Lisa Jordan Committee Member Mark W. Horner Committee Member Keywords
- Tallahassee MSA
- North Florida
- Electoral Landscape
Date of Defense 2009-11-30 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe South is a cultural region known for its political, religious and social conservatism.
In Florida, this region fully encompasses 27 counties from Northeast Florida to Florida’s western
border. This region of the state, known as North Florida, generally exhibits common
characteristics of the South regarding levels of adherence to fundamentalist Christianity and
political conservatism and, in addition, also supported the Republican presidential candidate in
The exception in North Florida is the Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area which is
comprised of the counties of Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson and Wakulla. The Tallahassee MSA
supported the Democratic candidate in the 2000 presidential election.
By comparing descriptive statistics as well as statistical models and maps, this paper
explores that anomaly. In addition to studying an anomaly on the electoral landscape of North
Florida, this paper includes a brief discussion of the most appropriate way to study this sort of
political geography in terms of unit of analysis and scale. The goal is to achieve the optimal unit
of analysis in political geography – the individual voter.
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