Map of the Day: In Politics, Sometimes It's Good to Be a Waffler

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One of the best parts of working in politics is the food. Many lucky reporters, operatives, and candidates have taken down Maytag blue cheeseburgers in Newton, fried clams at Ray's in Rye (h/t Gagnon), chowdah at Petey's in Rye (h/t JB), pulled pork at Hudsons in Lexington (h/t Hamby), shrimp & grits at the Hominy Grill in Charleston (h/t JMart), brats at Gosse's in Sheboygan (h/t Grandma Ottenhoff), cheese fries at the Malibu Diner in Hoboken (h/t DeLuca), blue crabs at the Tawes Bake in Crisfield, and of course a few too many beers at the Shad Planking.

Fortunately for those of us anchored inside the Beltway, many of these food traditions often come back to Washington with the politicos. Taste of the South brings Dixie's finest to DC each year, the South Carolina Society serves up fried oysters and Beaufort stew each Spring, Washington Staters have hosted a Potlatch for the past 50 years (h/t Politics Nation), the Wine Caucus brings in the best from Reps. Thompson and Radonovich's districts, Heritage caters SEC-staple Chick-fil-A at its blogger briefings, and of course the Louisiana delegation always brings it A-game with its annual three-day Mardi Gras celebration.

Today's map was inspired by perhaps the group most dedicated to their home food, or beverage rather -- the folks at the RGA and Georgia-native Nick Ayers -- who fly in Waffle House coffee on the reg. Can anyone beat that?

[Headline: h/t @Alaskan]

Waffle Houses per Capita

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Patrick Ottenhoff attends Georgetown McDonough School of Business in the Class of 2012. He previously served as a project manager in the Public Affairs Practice of New Media Strategies and was a staff writer for National Journal Group. Patrick has been writing The Electoral Map blog since 2007. As the name implies, the blog covers news and commentary at the intersection of politics and geography, but it also analyzes the stories, people, culture, sports, and food behind the maps and the votes. Patrick is a native Virginian and graduate of Union College in New York. You can follow The Electoral Map on Twitter and Facebook, and follow Patrick on YouTube.
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