Monday, December 21, 2015

The Spanish Election Map


The two main political parties in Spain achieved historic lows in yesterday's Spanish elections. The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) and the conservative People's Party (PP) still won the most votes but the anti-austerity Podemos party and the centre-right Ciudadanos party both managed to woo millions of voters away from Spain's two main political giants. The result means that neither the People's Party or the Socialist Workers Party will be able to form a majority government on their own.

This Spanish Election Map, created with CartoDB, shows which political party won in each municipality and the percentage of the votes that they won. The choropleth map provides a handy overview of which parties performed best in which areas of Spain.

However it is a shame that you can't filter the map by party. As the map is - it is a little hard to work out in which areas Podemos and Ciudadanos have done well. If you compare this map with the Spanish Safe Seats Map, it looks like the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party and the People's Party managed to retain a lot of their votes in their traditionally strongest municipalities. I'm finding it a little harder to work out where in Spain they have lost ground to their new opponents.
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