Thursday, April 23, 2009

2008 Presidential Election Results by County

(Click directly on the map to see a larger image.)

I like maps and charts. They help me understand numerical information better than if I just see a group of numbers on a page.

The above map is interesting because it shows the breakdown of how the voting went in the 2008 presidential election. This map focuses upon how individual counties voted.

The electoral college results suggested a large victory for eventual president Obama. In the end, Obama won 365 to 173 in the electoral college.

The above map, however, indicates that much of the country, at least in land area, is not too keen on the current president.

Several things of interest come to mind based on the above county results:

The majority of the country (land, not population) voted for McCain.

A few states (for example Virginia and Indiana) are largely red, but went to Obama.

This clearly remains a divided country: the Northeast, upper Midwest, and Pacific coast, along with most urban areas, voted Democratic. The South and Great Plains voted Republican.

New England is almost completely Democratic.

It is fascinating to see a country so divided along very different ideological lines. How long can we remain together as a country as this divide seems to widen? I suppose we'll all find out in the years ahead whether we want to or not.

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