Sea Changes

House Dems Now Rep Richest Regions

Democrats in the House of Representatives are a literal party of extremes: According to a USA Today analysis of Census data, the Democrats represent the 10 most educated and 10 least educated districts in the country as well as the 10 districts with the highest levels of health coverage and nine of the 10 districts with the lowest levels. Furthermore, 57 percent of the 4.7 million households with incomes of $200,000 or more lived in Democratic districts in 2008, while back in 2005, 55 percent of those households belonged to Republicans. Affluent voters who traditionally vote Republican appear to have jumped ship to the Democrats. It's unclear whether this shift is temporary, or evidence of a more lasting trend.