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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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