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Beyond Red and Blue: 7 Ways to View the Presidential Election Map

Slide show reveals what the country would look like if politics trumped geography

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PURPLE REIGN:

Resized by county population, a cooler, bluer tone dominates the map. Obama's margin of victory once again reveals itself.....[ More ]

COLOR BY NUMBERS:

Breaking the regions down to red and blue alone obscures the degree of preference: A win by one vote looks just the same as a million-vote margin. Newman used shades of purple to show intermediate preferences for the two candidates.....[ More ]

AMERICAN OR SWISS?

When Newman resized each county to reflect its population, a tangled cobweb emerged. Once again, Obama's share of the country swells, dwarfing McCain's geographic advantage.....[ More ]

BREAK IT DOWN:

County-level data reveal a more precise picture of geographic political preferences. As before, McCain counties are colored red; Obama counties are blue. In this view, McCain appears to have dominated.....[ More ]

BEND TO FIT:

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor physics professor Mark Newman used custom software to resize the states based on population [ top ] and by electoral college representation [ below ]. These maps give a clearer picture of Obama's landslide victory than a normal electoral map can; though many of the blue states are smaller in physical area, their combined electoral power is great.....[ More ]

VOTING BLOCS:

The Lower 48 are colored based on state-by-state results from the 2008 presidential election in this standard map: red for the Republican candidate, John McCain, and blue for the Democratic candidate (and eventual victor), Barack Obama.....[ More ]

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