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USA, Then and Now – Map 4 of 4

U.S. Geological Survey.  The National Atlas of the United States of America: Presidential Elections, 1789-2008 (Reston, VA, 2009).
U.S. Geological Survey. The National Atlas of the United States of America: Presidential Elections, 1789-2008 (Reston, VA, 2009).
The results of every presidential election are summarized by state on this comprehensive poster. A large inset map provides more detailed returns for the 2008 contest between John McCain and Barack Obama. The cartographer has provided a county-by-county reporting of this election. Rather than simply seeing each state as supporting a single candidate, the viewer understands the variation within a state. For example, while Obama only won 18 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, he carried the heavily populated areas that included Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, thus garnering its 21 electoral votes.

 

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