An analysis of 16 media markets with an Amazon HQ2 finalist shows a political variety among the possible sites based on who each favored in the 2016 presidential election.
Experts believe Amazon’s decision will come down to a combination of factors, including a city’s talent pool, cost of living and the incentives offered. A new campaign to encourage Amazon to choose an LGBTQ-friendly location recently thrust each state’s discrimination laws (or lack thereof) into the spotlight.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pledged $2.5 million in support of same-sex marriage in 2012 and the Human Rights Campaign honored him with its “Equality Award” last year.
The data compiled by Echelon Insights, a subsidiary of news website Medium, looked past government laws to voting data in 16 media markets with an Amazon finalist. There are 20 total finalists.
Of the 16, 11 favored Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, and five favored Donald Trump, who won.
Amazon HQ2 finalists lean more Democratic than the country as a whole, at least according to those 2016 election results.
Voters in the Dallas; Pittsburgh; Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; and Nashville, Tenn., markets chose Trump as the next president.
The city that most favored Trump over Clinton was Nashville. The city that most favored Clinton was Washington, D.C., followed closely by Miami.
The Triangle market in North Carolina voted for Clinton and falls in the middle of the pack in terms of support. Atlanta was nearly evenly split.
Four of the areas in consideration for Amazon’s HQ2 were not included: Montgomery County, Md.; Newark, N.J.; Northern Virginia and Toronto, Ontario.
Austin, Texas, had the most pronounced swing away from Trump, with 11.78 percent of the vote compared with Mitt Romney, the GOP nominee in 2012. Columbus had the biggest swing toward Trump compared to the 2012 vote, with 6.39 percent of the vote.
A breakdown of finalist market votes, in alphabetical order:
Atlanta, Ga.: 47.55 percent Trump, 47.75 percent Clinton.
Austin, Texas: 40.01 percent Trump, 53.27 percent Clinton.
Boston, Mass.: 34.78 percent Trump, 58.15 percent Clinton.
Chicago, Ill.: 31.07 percent Trump, 63.17 percent Clinton.
Columbus, Ohio: 47.9 percent Trump, 46 percent Clinton.
Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas: 53.5 percent Trump, 41.8 percent Clinton.
Denver, Colo.: 40.72 percent Trump, 50.79 percent Clinton.
Indianapolis, Ind.: 54.48 percent Trump, 39.12 percent Clinton.
Los Angeles, Calif.: 31.52 percent Trump, 63.17 percent Clinton.
Miami, Fla.: 33.03 percent Trump, 64.06 percent Clinton.
New York, N.Y.: 34.73 percent Trump, 61.63 percent Clinton.
Nashville, Tenn.: 60.32 percent Trump, 34.68 percent Clinton.
Philadelphia, Pa.: 36.6 percent Trump, 59.28 percent Clinton.
Pittsburgh, Pa.: 52.24 percent Trump, 43.22 percent Clinton.
Raleigh-Durham, N.C.: 40.6 percent Trump, 55.22 percent Clinton.
Washington, D.C.: 29.9 percent Trump, 64.21 percent Clinton.
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Los Angeles, Calif.
Montgomery County, Md.
New York, N.Y.
Northern Virginia, Va.