I can formally unveil my Electoral College model. It's based on data from American Veterinary Medical Association* and operates on the thesis that Biden will win all the states with more cats than dogs and Trump will win all the states with more dogs than cats. pic.twitter.com/vXUp5v68Z3
— R.J. Lehmann (@raylehmann) September 25, 2020
This is actually not an implausible model. But why?
I can definitely see high density states like New Jersey being more pro-cat. But what’s the secondary effect with the climate?
For example, out on the Great Plains, why are there more dogs than cats in KS, OK, and TX, but more cats than dogs in the Dakotas and NE.
Are dogs more difficult to own in cold weather states? Nobody wants to walk the dog in January?
Or is it more a cultural effect, with dogs, perhaps hounds for coon hunting, being more popular in the Carolinas in Colonial times and spreading westward at similar latitudes?