2012 Electoral Map: Barack Obama Wins

2012, Barack Obama, Lead Story, Mitt Romney

Barack Obama wins 2nd term as US President.

                         Electoral Votes*               Popular Vote**
Barack Obama (D) – 303/332           59,584,661 – 51.1%
Mitt Romney    (R) – 206                   56,959,312 – 48.8%
*270 Electoral Votes Needed to Win
**Votes still coming in

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The New York Times


Robert J. Vanderbei @ Princeton



Mark Newman @ University of Michiga

The states are colored red or blue to indicate whether a majority of their voters voted for the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, or the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, respectively. Looking at this map it gives the impression that the Republican won the election handily, since there is rather more red on the map than there is blue. In fact, however, the reverse is true – it was the Democrats who won the election. The explanation for this apparent paradox, as pointed out by many people, is that the map fails to take account of the population distribution. It fails to allow for the fact that the population of the red states is on average significantly lower than that of the blue ones. The blue may be small in area, but they represent a large number of voters, which is what matters in an election.

We can correct for this by making use of a cartogram, a map in which the sizes of states are rescaled according to their population. That is, states are drawn with size proportional not to their acreage but to the number of their inhabitants, states with more people appearing larger than states with fewer, regardless of their actual area on the ground. On such a map, for example, the state of Rhode Island, with its 1.1 million inhabitants, would appear about twice the size of Wyoming, which has half a million, even though Wyoming has 60 times the acreage of Rhode Island.






Map created on 270toWin.com

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