Although the results are in and Barack Obama is re-elected it is still so much fun to play a little game of what-if. President Barack Obama’s re-election has reflected the exponentially growing diversity in America and has equally reflected the Republicans struggle as the population of white men in America has decreased rapidly. One strategist wonderfully declared that the Republican Party is, “a Mad Men party in a Modern Family world”. Obama won this election on the growing diversity of America, but what if we took a trip back to 1850 and only white males could vote in this election? Or what if only men could vote or only white men and women? Or how would the results have differed if the voting age was above 24? The results are shocking and almost so much so that you can’t help but chuckle. Take a peek at the fantastic maps below provided from a wonderful article from Buzzfeed.
What if only white males could vote? Well to put it simply Romney would have won by a landslide with an estimate of 501 electoral votes. If only Romney had run before 1870 and before the 15th Amendment.
What would the map look like if only men of any race could vote? Romney still takes the cake with 322 electoral votes.
Woman’s suffrage passed in 1920, which allowed all men and women to vote. However it was made very hard for minorities to vote in this time due to major roadblocks set up by the majority like poll taxes, which were finally outlawed in 1964. Take a peak at a map that shows only white voters, men and women.
Many people are unaware that the voting age was only recently lowered to 18 in 1971. Can you imagine if only voters over the age of 24 could vote? How would that affect the election? The map below shows how young voters play a crucial role in the outcome of the election.
Finally here is a map of the actual outcome of the 2012 election!
The first thing that comes to mind for me after seeing these maps is that the Republican Party is in big trouble and needs to shift it’s focus and ideologies. In a white man’s world the Republican Party would thrive like nobodies business. Unfortunately we do not live in a white man’s world anymore. We have shifted over time from a Mad Men world to a Modern Family world full of diversity and the Republican Party better keep up.
— Amy Rowland