2008 Election Map Fun

I love a good data visualization.  A friend (thanks Rick) pointed me at this awesome site of different mapping permutations based on the 2008 election results.  For example – election results based on a population cartogram.

Lots more on the site – check it out.  Thanks Rick!

  • Cool resource its interesting to see who voted what, especially broken down into counties and such.

    Thanks. I'm going to forward this around (with your link of course)

  • Cool resource its interesting to see who voted what, especially broken down into counties and such.

    Thanks. I'm going to forward this around (with your link of course)

  • Graphics gone wild! The ones that make the US completely unrecognizable are fun.

  • Brian

    I haven't gone into as much graphical detail, but did notice a few interesting statistics regarding the election. If you add up the total votes for Ohio, Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Colorado, you come up with 101 electoral votes. The total vote difference for these 6 states is somewhere close to 1.25 million votes, which is approx. 1.03% of the total votes cast (121.2M). The Electoral College count makes the race seem like a bigger landslide than it was. 53 electoral votes were decided by less than 400,000 votes. So in essence, 1% of the nation decided the election.

    I will say that there would have been a national uproar if McCain won the electoral vote as described above, while Obama won the popular vote. I'll leave it to the conspiracy theorist to decide if Acorn had a hand in the results.

  • Visualization gone wild.

    http://vidsonly.blogspot.com

  • Visualization gone wild.

    http://vidsonly.blogspot.com

  • Dave

    Another very illuminating map is here: http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/results/preside…select “Voting Shifts” and you can see the changes by county. Now if they'd do this one in the size-weighted form!

  • Dave

    Except IntenseDebate decided that the comma is part of the URL, here it is again:
    http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/results/preside

  • kristina

    That's an interesting graphical detail… I've checked those maps that Dave posted and you could see the revelation on that 1% difference…

  • Dave

    Another very illuminating map is here: http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/results/preside…select "Voting Shifts" and you can see the changes by county. Now if they'd do this one in the size-weighted form!

  • Dave

    Except IntenseDebate decided that the comma is part of the URL, here it is again:
    http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/results/preside

  • Graphics gone wild! The ones that make the US completely unrecognizable are fun.

  • Brian

    I haven't gone into as much graphical detail, but did notice a few interesting statistics regarding the election. If you add up the total votes for Ohio, Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Colorado, you come up with 101 electoral votes. The total vote difference for these 6 states is somewhere close to 1.25 million votes, which is approx. 1.03% of the total votes cast (121.2M). The Electoral College count makes the race seem like a bigger landslide than it was. 53 electoral votes were decided by less than 400,000 votes. So in essence, 1% of the nation decided the election.

    I will say that there would have been a national uproar if McCain won the electoral vote as described above, while Obama won the popular vote. I'll leave it to the conspiracy theorist to decide if Acorn had a hand in the results.

  • kristina

    That's an interesting graphical detail… I've checked those maps that Dave posted and you could see the revelation on that 1% difference…