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Election results for places in famous book titles.

Dan Sheehan

November 6, 2020, 2:54pm

It’s (almost) over. It’s finally (almost) over [weeps with relief, turns off TV forever, flies kite in sunlit park].

Yes, thanks to Black voters in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Georgia, and Latino voters in Arizona and Nevada, it looks very much like the abject nightmare that has been the Trump presidency is about to come to an end.

Now I won’t lie, as a literature website in a week of all-consuming electoral math and gerrymandered geography, it’s been tricky to drum up election-specific content. Tricky, but not impossible.

With the presidential race on the brink of being concluded, the time feels right for some mild frivolity. That in mind, and inspired by my brother’s Election Results of Springsteen Songs, here are the election results for some of the most famous regions in American literature*.

*with profuse apologies to the Bundrens, the Compsons, and all the other unfortunate residents of Yoknapatawpha County. Please know that, if you were real, I would have tabulated you.


Fear and Lothing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Clark County, Nevada – Biden +8


Rock Springs Richard Ford

Richard Ford, Rock Springs

Sweetwater County, Wyoming – Trump +49


Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

Middlesex County, New Jersey – Biden +33


Leaving Atlanta Tayari Jones

Tayari Jones, Leaving Atlanta

Fulton County, Georgia – Biden +47


Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts – Biden +66


Cuyahoga Paul Beatty

Paul Beatty, Cuyahoga

Cuyahoga County, Ohio – Biden +34


Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn

Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn

Kings County, New York – Biden +49


Woman Hollering Creek

Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek

Bexer County, Texas – Biden +18


Telegraph Avenue Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon, Telegraph Avenue

Alameda County, California – Biden +66


The Hotel New Hampshire John Irving

John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire

New Hampshire – Biden +7


bastard out of carolina book cover

Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out of Carolina

Greenville County, South Carolina – Trump +18


The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller

Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County

Madison County, Iowa – Trump +34


lauren groff florida

Lauren Groff, Florida

Florida – Trump +3


Knockemstiff Donald Ray Pollock

Donald Ray Pollock, Knockemstiff 

Ross County, Ohio – Trump +35


James A. Michener Hawaii

James A. Michener, Hawaii

Hawaii – Biden +30


The Quiet Streets of Winslow Judy Troy

Judy Troy, The Quiet Streets of Winslow

Navajo County, Arizona – Trump +7


Clear Springs Bobbie Ann Mason

Bobbie Ann Mason, Clear Springs

Graves County, Kentucky – Trump +57


Winesburg, Ohio Sherwood Anderson

Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio 

Holmes County, Ohio – Trump +67


Ben Lerner, The Topeka School

Ben Lerner, The Topeka School

Shawnee County, Kansas – Biden +2


Goodnight, Nebraska Tom McNeal

Tom McNeal, Goodnight, Nebraska

Nebraska – Trump +20

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