Thursday, April 22, 2010
Last week's Tax Day rally in downtown Spokane was attended by thousands of Tea Party demonstrators. Where did all those people come from? This map shows us:
Produced by PBS NewsHour's "Patchwork Nation," the map details where Tea Partiers live. Only six of every 10,000 residents of Spokane County are members of this movement, according to this admittedly imperfect map. (The map was created by combing "through online directories to find people who have registered with tea party organizations.") The Tea Partiest county in Washington is Benton, which constitutes part of the Tri-Cities.
Unsurprisingly (and as a recent Inlander cover story detailed), the largest concentration of Tea Partiers live in Republican strongholds: central Texas and north Florida, among other places.