Pew Research has posted some data showing that the vast majority (>85 percent) of turkeys are produced in just 13 states. I rearranged the data to calculate the distribution of these turkeys by state. The result: Looks like Thanksgiving turkeys are neither red nor blue nor purple, but quintessentially American!

(Data: Pew Research; Figure: Joshua Tucker/The Monkey Cage)
(Data: Pew Research; Figure: Joshua Tucker/The Monkey Cage)

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Of course, as is often the case, there are more red states producing smaller numbers of turkeys, and one blue state that produces a disproportionately high number of turkeys (although in this case it is Minnesota, not California!)! Here’s the data from Pew:

(Data and Figure: Pew Research http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/11/27/5-facts-about-turkeys/)
(Data and Figure: Pew Research http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/11/27/5-facts-about-turkeys/)

Happy Thanksgiving from The Monkey Cage!