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Election results by county
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Similar maps have appeared in the press, for example in USA Today, and have been cited as evidence that the Republican party has wide support, purchase LORAZEPAM. Again, LORAZEPAM australia, uk, us, usa, however, a cartogram gives a more accurate picture. Here is what the cartogram looks like for the county-level election returns:


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And here's what the cartogram looks like:

In this map, it appears that only a rather small area is taken up by true red counties, the rest being mostly shades of purple with patches of blue in the urban areas.

A slight variation on the same idea is to use a nonlinear color scale like this:



These maps use a color scale that ranges from red for 70% Republican or more, to blue for 70% Democrat or more. This is sort of practical, since there aren't many counties outside that range anyway, but to some extent it also obscures the true balance of red and blue.

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  1. Amazing maps! I hope we see some like these for the 2008 election.

  2. Very interesting page.
    Looks like my state, Indiana, is perfectly proportioned when weighted for electoral votes, population, and physical size.
    I already knew we were right at the break-off point when it comes to benefiting or not from the electoral college.
    States with higher populations all suffer, while states with fewer people get a subsidy due to the non-proportional
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  4. I come from a small state, NE, but I think that elections would be less affected by the small-state bias if all states divided their votes like we and our enlightened fellows in Maine do.

    It’d also end the candidates’ focusing on only 1 or 2 swing states rather than on issues that affect the country as a whole.

  5. #1 NoBama! Just say NO to socialism, racism, and military defeat! (and the dark side of the force!) Come on Bobby boy, you can do it!

    #2 There is still a huge population of people in the USA that don’t get the “Electorial College” vote when it comes to Presidential elections. That’s a good thing, otherwise the US would simple be run by the most populated states. Ergo the neat maps to show Presidents don’t directly get elected by the popular vote.

    #3 Go McCain!

    #4 If you think its bad now (which it is), wait and see what happens if Obama gets into office (the end of America).

  6. Richard Driskill is a typical republican idiot -Selfish, Self-centered, Egotistical, and Elitist!!!!!!

    Vote Obama so we can stop suffering in this country!!!

  7. Right on Richard. Wish we had more Americans that had the intelligence to pull their head out of Obama’s bottom part of his anatomy. Have you noticed all of the brown noses and tongues? I still think we need to divide this Country. They say that we are a country divided in half. We are the half that works and saves. Let us have out Greater United States of America, choose our leadership that has brains and vision, give us our military and we will take care of our things and the Dems can take everything else and Congress. It won’t take long until their spreading the wealth will get very old, when they no longer have our wealth to spread.

    Go USA and go McCain-Palin.

  8. I just wanted to say that the comment by Barbara A. Quirk, seems a little silly to me. I was just wondering if you forgot that a gigantic portion of the GOP are poor, angry, and racist. I personally don’t want them in my country, so your welcome to them, and I’m sure they’ll love the benefits they receive from trickle down don’t work-conomics. And the idea that all people with money are without brains like you…… very silly.

  9. I just wanted to say that Bryce Bugby is laughably hypocritcial in his belief that a ‘gigantic portion’ of the GOP is ‘racist’…as if pigeonholing someone into a stereotype as Mr. Bugby has done isn’t the exact thing he’s trying to label the GOP as being. The Hypocracy and Stupidity that ‘Conservatives’ display on a daily basis pales in comparison to the Hypocracy and Stupidity that ‘Liberal’ morons like Mr. Bugby put on display everytime they try to speak around their feet as they’re gagging on them.

    I Leave you with this parting quote from Thomas Jefferson: “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” In the case of this last election it looks like it’ll be fifty-two percent of the people trying to take away the rights of the other forty-eight.

  10. Yes this is an excellent display of how easy it is to “skew” the reader’s impression one way or another with chart design. I like the “shaded” regular US map best. The “red or blue” map most often used by newscasters is despicable. And hats off to Joey in NE for underscoring NE and Maine’s sensible split vote!

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