The Denver convention's seating chart pretty much sums it up. For the most part, the swing states have been assigned to the primo floor spots while those that are solidly Democratic or Republican are relegated to the upper tier. The home states of the week's key players also enjoy stage-front property. Herewith, the political geography of the convention floor:
SOURCE: Democratic National Convention Committee, staff reports | GRAPHIC: Reporting by Karen Yourish and Pam Tobey; Graphic by Laura Stanton, The Washington Post - August 26, 2008
Political Geography: The Republican Convention Graphic | In Denver, the Democrats sat every delegate from a swing state (except for Ohio) in the primo spots. Republicans have drawn the lines a little differently in St. Paul, placing at least three battlegrounds behind party strongholds. But the Republicans went into the game with an advantage: Fewer delegates than the Democrats means everyone but alternates and a few Texans get a seat on the floor.