Isaiah, this looks great for a first draft, and I agree with MP that it will be great for 8 players.
I think that the graphics make it hard to tell which state/terit is with which bonus. Maybe you could do something between the bonus areas to distinguish them better (separated like the USA map or some kind of bolder/larger/different color border).
Is S Ontario part of New France or Canada? I can't tell by looking. Also, the CNHR appears to be pretty much just in Canada - so by holding canada and everything inside of them you get +8 AND +6, that's unbalanced. I think the CHNR doesn't fit, personally.
The states that are part of the democratic socialist party are not typically considered democratic states at all. Other than Colorado (which went R 3/4 past elections) they have all gone R in 4 of the last 4. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_states
). Maybe make MT/ID/WY the Swine states? Having UT and maybe CO or someone join them as the Mormon Empire (
) would be a good idea.
Iroquois nation is a bad choice IMHO. I think you should add MD/VA to them as suggested (they certainly aren't considered the bible belt) and make it something else, possibly democratic socialist (again, see wikipedia). VA is split with the SW part being very rural and religious - maybe join that to WV to show the split in the state? Bible Belt is a good name for the south, sorry colton. Dixie would also work, thanks DIM.
I won't get into the islamic states - your call there.
Why is MS called Jackson instead of Mississippi? That doesn't make sense to me since most other ones are the state name.
My thoughts for now