Political Geography: The Republican Convention

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.

[Seating chart of the convention floor at the Republican National Convention]

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