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Mark Newman. [Election Results Based on State and County Cartograms] 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 Cartograms] from Maps of the 2008 US Presidential Results, published online. Courtesy of the author.
Standard state and county maps show acreage but fail to note population distribution. In reporting the results of a Presidential election, these maps misrepresent areas of low and high population density. By using a cartogram, in which the map is rescaled to each state’s or county’s population rather than its acreage, a different impression is created. Now that the states and counties have been stretched and squeezed, there is clearly more blue than red.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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