The best way to get my attention is with a map. I explore maps; I pour over maps; I collect maps.
I just love maps.
So here are some electoral maps I’ve run across.
The Washington Independent has a group of maps which answers the question, “What would the 2008 electoral map look like if the election were decided by [Fill In the Blank]”
The Electoral Map uses the first of a series of maps from the New York Times to state that the country is turning blue, but if you use the comparison from ’92 and ’96 we’re turning red. Obviously we’ll have to see what the next couple of elections tell us.
The USATODAY.com has a time lapse of when counties were declared one way or the other.
Frontloading HQ has a map of the 2012 projected Electoral College votes.
And last, but not least, Christopher Healey from the Computer Science department at North Carolina State university has a series of maps which subdivides each congressional district into four quadrants and visualizes
“four elections of interest: President (upper-left), U.S. Senate (upper-right), U.S. House (lower-right), and Governor (lower-left).”
“saturation [of color] represents the winning percentage (more saturated for higher percentages); the small disc floating over the state shows aggregated state-wide results; incumbent losses are highlighted with textured X’s; the height of the state represents the number of electoral college votes it controls.”
These maps also dispel the notion of Red State-Blue State, for the most part.