Although I'm a Democrat, I happen to agree the map is too imbalanced. There is a way to fix that.
Go to Computer,Program files x86, Steam, steamapps, common, TPM2012 ,data, english, maps, USA, left click on a state [example Arkansas] , open with note pad and then edit.
Bear in mind that a lot of these states [Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia] do have a lot of registered Democrats. The reason why they happen to vote Republican [on the presidential level] often is that they are conservative Blue Dogs.
Don't thank me for the instructions. I got it from this fellow, RickyMcGaynis.
Really, my complaint with the operatives is that I can't find the War Hero operative anywhere, even though his characteristics are in the game files.