Battleground is a twice-a-week newsletter examining our nation’s electoral geography, focusing primarily on recent election results and local news sources.
Posts are written with a “maps-first” approach. I create my own custom maps to illustrate voting patterns for every state and district in the country.
New posts are released every Monday and Thursday.
What is this?
Battleground is a blog and newsletter devoted to surveying America’s electoral geography. Hit the button below and take an incisive look at our political landscape, one state at a time.
Each post leads with a map, typically displaying the results from a recent election. I’ll then dive into the political geography laid out before us, bringing in any pertinent geological, demographic, economic and/or cultural data to help bring context to voting trends. I’ll delineate both Democratic and Republican strongholds and attempt to denote the driving factors of change. I always include a link to the official results, certified by each state’s government, in the first line of each email.
All maps featured in this publication are of my own creation and design, unless otherwise specified. Ever since grade school I’ve been a geography nerd and politics has always made the most sense to me within a spatial context. I write with a “maps-first” approach, therefore, all of my pieces will include at least one map (if not several.) Human geography and how we take up space is paramount in electoral politics so if there’s a way to display a concept or trend in a map, you bet I’ll make one for ya.
Every post will end with “Leftover Links” consisting of relevant news clips that may provide more insight beyond what I can touch on in a single newsletter (email size limits ain’t no joke!). I favor local news sources over national publications whenever possible. These sources do a much better job at contextualizing national issues for local audiences. It’s also sometimes worth a meta-analysis of how local sources cover national issues as these platforms have a unique role in shaping local opinions on unfamiliar topics.
What this is NOT…
I’m don’t give attention to lies/conspiracies about election integrity. I have yet to see any glaring irregularities when dealing with each individual state’s election data. There is still no clear and compelling public evidence that widespread election fraud took place in 2020. The “Big Lie” has prevented many in the nation from seriously reckoning with the results from our most recent national election. There’s a bunch of fascinating stories in the election data that helps us understand how our nation is changing and diversifying. We silence those stories if we’re stuck debating the legitimacy of the election. The 2020 election was conducted legally and fairly. If you’re skeptical about the election results and are here to spread missives about election integrity, this isn’t the place for you.
Who writes this?
Hey there! I’m Justin Case Brown. I’m an African American voter. I have a same-sex partner and identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. I was born and raised on the East coast (Marylander here!) and received higher education from an elite institution on the West coast (Go Stanford!). After graduating, I spent five years working for a media company that’s part of the evil, cannibalistic cabal known as the “mainstream media.”
Naturally, I don’t support the party that still stands against my right to get married, actively downplays the lingering effects of slavery, and believes my alma mater is a hotbed of liberal indoctrination.
My experiences have allowed me to see a range of liberal ideologies along with how they all failed to accurately estimate the conservative backlash brought forth by Donald Trump. It underlined the importance of seeking out right-leaning perspectives to understand parts of the country I’ve never visited.
While our political environment’s obsession with identity forces me towards the left side of the spectrum, I bake this into my observations when pulling out insights from electoral data. Whether we’re calling each other snowflakes or a basket of deplorables, we’re all still voters. All of our opinions matter. I seek to dig up both the beautiful and the ugly to help us understand how our nation is changing and who exactly is driving that change.