2016: The Energy Election

Red states, blue states, ha.

We’re looking at the Energy Election here.

We’re so accustomed to viewing the presidential election through the lens of the Electoral College map that the Broadview Networks vision of the political landscape offers some new — if mostly irrelevant — insights into how the next contest might play out.

Looking at which companies in each state have the greatest revenue, the Washington Post’s presentation of the Broadview data offers a new interpretation of the red and blue states.

For instance, there is the Energy Vote.

If courting the employees and beneficiaries of the wealthiest companies counts for anything, two of the biggest electoral prizes — California (Chevron Corp.) and Texas (Exxon Mobil) — are a wash. The Democrats reliably claim California, the Republicans Texas. That confirms Florida’s role as the biggest swing state of all, which it is in that quadrennial battle of red and blue. It will be the third largest in population in 2016, and the company in the Sunshine State with the top revenue is World Fuel Services Corp.

Then there is the Mortgage Vote.

In Virginia, which has turned a deeper shade of purple with each recent election, President Barack Obama was the first Democrat to win a presidential vote since the 1960s, and he did it twice. In the state where Freddie Mac is the top-revenue company, the Democrats may do well to court the federally insured mortgage community. They are, after all homeowners.

But the Home Improvement Vote is another matter: Reliably red Georgia is home to Home Depot International. And Democrats haven’t made any inroads in presidential elections there in a long time. It’s bolstered somewhat by the Big Box Vote — Wal-Mart in Arkansas — yet that vote, too, is split, with Washington state’s CostCo.

The Health Insurance vote appears pretty well locked down: In Indiana, with Wellpoint, and Kentucky, with Humana.

Similarly, the Blue Chip Vote seems secure: With Connecticut (General Electric), Delaware (E.I du Pont de Nemours and Co.) and Maryland (Lockheed Martin)  devoted to Democrats.

The Telcom Vote is split — Verizon in New York, Sprint in Kansas.

The Running Vote is secure: Nike in Oregon, where the next presidential candidate can run on the slogan, “Just do it.”

Which brings us back to Florida, where lately it’s generally ended.

Domiciled companies or not.

May be best to stick with the old red, blue and purple.

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