So we’ve connected some dots: more deaths in more Republican places that are less vaccinated, comporting with KFF’s assessments of the number of preventable deaths. These are correlations, not necessarily proof that Republicans are suffering more preventable deaths. There was a surge in the more-Republican Sun Belt last summer, too, as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) liked to remind people as his state made up a disproportionate share of deaths this summer. Here, though, we’re looking at counties nationally, not just states. What’s more, it’s possible that Florida’s vaccination numbers were inflated by winter residents who usually reside in northern states, leaving the state more at risk.