Friday, Aug. 15, 2008 | 5:04 p.m.
Sun Expanded Coverage
(The Sun has gone on the road to listen to voters and talk to political leaders around the West. Reporters will examine the economic, cultural and demographic forces re-shaping the region as they drive to Denver for the first of the two major party conventions the Sun will cover.)
More people live in Peoria, Arizona, than in Peoria, Illinois.
Greater Peoria, Illinois, has more people, but still, it's startling.
Peoria has long been a political metaphor. With the southwest and its rich diversity becoming so important in national elections, you can say "Will it play in Peoria?" about the Illinois or the Arizona version.