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permlink Reddish-purple

I've always wanted a map like this but never had the tools: Purple-USA from BoingBoing shows the state-by-state vote totals in a more data-rich way than simple blue-or-red.

My one suggestion would be to make a second graph normalizing the color display to show 100% of a color in the state with the most lopsided total, keep pure purple at 50% and adjust everything to that scale. That would make the differences between individual states much more apparent.

Update: Here's a county-by-county version instead of a state-by-state. (Compare to 2000) permlink     4 comment(s)  
On the other hand, I'd prefer to see this done with (a) the county maps, which I think would show the blue tinge around major population areas while the reddish tinge would concentrate in low-population areas; or (b) the map that distorts the country to reflect size of state by electoral college votes. Trying to compare red v. blue on a straight geographical map is more low-band info than this fixes, although this is useful.
      ...posted by Glen Engel-Cox on November 4, 2004 2:45 PM

Is this what you had in mind, Glen?

(That's from the Post, via the IP list.)

      ...posted by genehack on November 5, 2004 8:07 AM
Actually, this is what I had in mind (via infocult)
      ...posted by Glen Engel-Cox on November 5, 2004 10:18 AM
Actually, this is even cooler, being the county map that Glen linked, distorted by population (also via IP).
      ...posted by allen on November 9, 2004 7:47 AM
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