Digital History: Interactive Timeline Map of US History

Digital History is the University of Houston’s project to use “new technologies to enhance teaching and research”. Their interactive timeline map of US history shows the nation expanding, states forming and the population growing. Significant political and cultural events are plotted on the map, which can be clicked on for more information.

* Digital History: Interactive Timeline Map of US History

John McCain selects Sarah Palin as Running Mate

Senator John McCain has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate. With Alaska’s three electoral votes fairly safe for Republicans, this choice was clearly not based on […]

Map of the Democratic National Convention

The Washington Post has another interesting info-graphic from their political geography series, this time examining where states are placed on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. […]

Barack Obama selects Joe Biden as Running Mate

Presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama selected fellow Senator Joe Biden of Delaware as his running mate.
Some links to more info about Joe Biden and some reactions to Obama’s choice.

Map the Candidates from Slate.com

August 24, 2008 Update: Map the Candidates.com has launched for the general election. The map of campaign stops since June shows that both campaigns are spending significant time in the […]

Electoral Map Predictions – August 21st 2008

Barack Obama maintains a slight lead over John McCain in recent predictions FiveThirtyEight.com :Obama 272, McCain 266 Electoral-Vote.com : Obama 264, McCain 261, Tossup 13 Princeton Election Consortium :  Obama […]

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The Changing Electoral Map

With all the talk of candidates changing the electoral map this election, a few websites have taken the time to look at how the map has changed over time. Interestingly, […]

Barack Obama vs. John McCain: 2008 US Presidential Election

With three months until the election, Democratic Senator Barack Obama and Republican Senator John McCain have started to lay the groundwork for their respective strategies for the November presidential election and both have spoken of reshaping the electoral map. The first steps of their general election strategies have been implemented and based on where they are campaigning and advertising it becomes clear what states they believe will decide the election.
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Barack Obama has outlined his electoral map strategy and identified 18 states that his campaign will target. Of the eighteen, four states were won by John Kerry in 2004 (Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin) and fourteen of these states were won by George W. Bush in 2004 (Iowa, New Mexico, Ohio, Colorado, Virginia, Florida, Missouri, Nevada, Indiana, North Dakota, North Carolina, Montana, Georgia, and Alaska).
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John McCain has also outlined his electoral map strategy, which is to hold the states that George Bush won in 2004 and go after a Washington, Oregon, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota which John Kerry won in 2004. McCain also lists several states that seem to be solidly in his column, including Arizona, Kentucky and West Virginia, but neglects to mention Virginia, which is now widely considered to be a swing state this year.