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Ethnic Politics in Connecticut

Ancestry plays a complex role in American electoral alignments. While not the primary structuring mechanism, long held attachments help structure political conflict and attitudes in ways that continue to resonate long after immigrant populations have settled. In this election we see those old ties still having their way with the structure of political choices. ~Charles Franklin, Political Arithmetik

For those just dying to have statistical breakdowns of the Lieberman-Lamont race, Franklin’s site is a good place to go.  He investigates how the vote broke down along areas with different ethnic concentrations.  Lamont seemed to do best in the “English” and German-concentrated areas, and Lieberman did best in the ethnic Italian and Polish areas, so to some degree this really was an old American/new American split.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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