The strength or weakness of the state economy can be told through geography, much like the support for U.S. Senate candidates George Allen and Timothy M. Kaine. Kaine (D) draws more support in the technology-heavy, wealthy north, while Allen (R) finds stronger backing in the manufacturing-dominant and economically stressed south. Read related article.

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau | The Washington Post August 21, 2012
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