Running for President on a Divided Continent - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education He started out by noting how many Americans consider the American revolutionaries and Constitution writers to have almost godlike wisdom. But as he notes, they are not the real founders but some generations removed. He then continues with analyzing the candidates' performance in the American nations he identified. Mitt Romney spent most of his life and career in Yankeedom, and he won big in Yankeedom, the Far West, and the Left Coast. Rick Santorum has had an Appalachian / Midlands political career, and he did best in both areas. Newt Gingrich has spent all of his political career in the Deep South, and his only successes were in Deep South areas. Ron Paul has no clear regional affiliation. Barack Obama had no big-name challengers, but he got some challengers in some of the Appalachian states, like a Texas prison inmate in West Virginia. Looking more broadly, the voters who liked him less than John Kerry were in a zone from southwestern Pennsylvania to northeastern Texas - essentially Appalachia. However, Appalachians did not like Romney that much either, because he's a Yankee Mormon. CW expects the race to be decided by Midlands and Tidewater voters.