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Mark Newman. [Election Results Based on State and County Maps] from Maps of the 2008 US Presidential Results, published online at http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2008/?map.  Courtesy of the author.
Mark Newman. [Election Results Based on State and County Maps] from Maps of the 2008 US Presidential Results, published online. Courtesy of the author.
The results for the 2008 Presidential election are shown on these standard state and county maps of the nation that portray geographic areas based on their acreage. This practice creates a false visual impression in Presidential elections where population, not acreage, determines victory. Therefore, a large physical state with a small population has little overall influence in a general election. These maps, known as choropleth maps, give the mistaken notion that Republican John McCain won the election because there is more red than blue on both maps. In actuality, Democratic Barack Obama won the election capturing over 67 percent of the Electoral College vote.

 
 
 
 

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