The 2008 election — in one amazing map

October 29, 2012

Ever wonder what the 2008 race between President Obama and Arizona Sen. John McCain looked like all the way down to the precinct level? Us to.

Lucky for us that the Stanford Spatial Social Science Lab exists.  They built the amazing map below that breaks down the 2008 election by precinct.  Here's their explainer on what the map shows:

"Each dot represents a precinct, but as you zoom in, you will notice differences in the sizes of the dots, with larger dots corresponding to more votes. Precincts in which Obama received more than 50 percent of the vote are colored blue, and precincts with McCain majorities are colored red. In order to illuminate the marginal precincts, we have outlined the dots in white for precincts where the winner’s margin of victory was less than 5 percent. The white dots only begin to appear as you zoom in on a state or region."

It's amazing. And what better way to spend a day in which politics has totally ceased as Hurricane Sandy churns up the Eastern Seaboard than to fiddle with this map?


Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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