A man casts his vote in a polling station in Green Spring Garden Park in Alexandria, Va. on November 6, 2012. 
A man casts his vote in a polling station in Green Spring Garden Park in Alexandria, Va. on November 6, 2012.  - 

Gov. Mitt Romney has won most of the big square states in the Great Plains and Mountain West, according to the Associated Press --Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota.

What do those states have in common?

Unemployment's low: 3.9 percent in Nebraska, 3.0 percent in North Dakota -- unthinkably low if you live in some of the states still running double-digit rates like California, Nevada, and Rhode Island.

Ag has weathered the Great Recession relatively well in the Midwest. And another big thing in those big Western states? Energy production -- oil, coal, and especially natural gas. Less job anxiety, more growth, and a lot of votes for Romney.


View the Marketplace Two Americas electoral map for the latest election results. We've divided the country into two nations: one with an unemployment rate above 8 percent and one with an unemployment rate below 8 percent. View the results.

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