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Nov. 4th, 2004

10:56 pm - This is cool.

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Those Red State Blue State maps really do skew our perception of how many non-fascists are out there. I mean looking at the sea of red can make folks feel really alone, like the whole country is overwhelmingly Red State territory.

But it's really all pretty uniformly purple.

So don't worry about it so much.

Let's just work on turning it a bit more brown by adding some Green to the mix.

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From:mr_ducktape
Date:November 5th, 2004 05:31 am (UTC)
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...different from the brown made when the 51% totally crapped on us...
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From:pasquinator
Date:November 5th, 2004 07:13 am (UTC)
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I think the huge blob of red really works to the republicans' advantage psychologically. I mean even though you know that in terms of population, those are lower density areas, it still looks like most of the country is totally republican.
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From:hssst
Date:November 5th, 2004 02:25 pm (UTC)
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What a good map. It really was a close race. It's clear that we're divided.
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From:mary919
Date:November 5th, 2004 02:50 pm (UTC)
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ohhhh.... i love that map.
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From:the_sween
Date:November 5th, 2004 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Wisconsin turned out to be a lot more purple than I would have thought. But then again, my opinion is skewed by living in Madison.
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From:arun251
Date:November 5th, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC)

This is cooler.

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http://www.princeton.edu/~rvdb/JAVA/election2004/


And I can't believe I'm linking USA Today, but here's a county-level red-blue map.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/vote2004/countymap.htm
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From:arun251
Date:November 8th, 2004 11:50 pm (UTC)

More goodness

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Cartograms: http://www.research.att.com/%7Esuresh/cartogram/
(also blogged: http://geomblog.blogspot.com/2004/11/purple-haze-revisited.html)

US Election Atlas puts Bush in Blue: http://www.uselectionatlas.org/USPRESIDENT/pe2004USA_sm.html
uselectionatlas.org seems pretty cool, but unfortunately the county data isn't free.

However, there's a couple Tufteian (well, I suppose Minardian) charts of the history of US political parties (1730-1892, 1892-2003) that are advertised on that site:
http://www.historyshots.com/storeParties.cfm
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From:herbivorous
Date:November 5th, 2004 06:13 pm (UTC)
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However:

"But it's really all pretty uniformly purple.".....Except for Utah!

*shudder*
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From:assclouds
Date:November 6th, 2004 01:07 am (UTC)
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For reference: The Utah War.
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From:kingvermin
Date:November 6th, 2004 06:52 am (UTC)

Remember...

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...in those giant red states? like Wyoming? That take up soooooo much space? Compared to Illinois, three people live there.

-paul
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