2008 Election Maps

One of my friends sent me one of those emails analyzing the 2008 Elections in one of those red-blue formats. I ran it by Snopes and it came up as bogus. But I dug a little deeper and was able to find a map analysis done by Professor Mark Newman with the Physics department at the University of Michigan. Newman utilizes an interesting software application to create a cartogram which distributes the outcome by population distribution. Needless to say, it is a fascinating read. Here is the map of the election outcome by county.

Now here is the same “county map” but weighted by population distribution:

If the map is blended such that percentage of vote is seen in shades, this is how it appears:

It’s an interesting read and for those political geeks who really want to get into it, you can even download software to do your own analysis.


  1. Good to see that Area 51 is still red…

  2. This map weighted by population distribution visually illlustrates the power that the Democrat-strong large population areas would have on a popular-voting system. As usual the genious of the men who designed our system is without comparison. Without our electoral college system, the entire country will be at the mercy of Chicago-style politics. However, that (muted?)style may still have a chance.

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