Mark Newman posted a bunch of interesting maps over on his site, one of which Drudge is using as his banner illustration. Here's the way Tuesday's vote broke down, by county:
But here's the way it looks when it's squished and expanded to express population densities -- i.e., where people who live in the most populated states voted:
You can see the problem. We're sweeping the states where not a lot of people live -- Texas excepted -- and they're sweeping the states where lots of people live.
So, add onto the list of things Republicans need to do to win elections: have a strategy to win the cities and especially the larger exurbs.
Finally, over at New Geography, Joel Kotkin -- who is always interesting -- has another way to look at the electorate:
We keep wondering here about what Republicans should do to win the next big election. I don't have the answer. But these maps are telling us something. We don't have to win the cities, but we do need to win the suburbs and exurbs of metropolitan areas. We don't have to win the Bailout Belt, but we do need to connect to blue collar whites in Ohio and Michigan. We don't have to win the Old Country, but we do need to connect to libertarian Live-Free-or-Die types in New Hampshire.
Lots of work to do.