Wednesday, November 07, 2018

US Election Maps


Donald Trump might consider hanging a map of the House midterm elections in the Oval office. Despite losing control of the house the map still appears deceptively rosy for the GOP. Luckily, for the rest of us, both the New York Times and the Washington Post have created cartogram map views of the House results which provide a far more accurate picture of the Democrat Party's success in yesterday's House election.

The NYT's U.S. House Election Results map includes two different map views, a 'map' and 'cartogram' view. The 'cartogram' map view provides an equal size view of each house district. The result is a map which looks far less red.

The Washington Post's interactive map of the House results also includes two map options, a 'geographic' and 'equal size' view. The 'equal size' cartogram view provides a much more accurate visualization of the relative successes of the Republicans and Democrats in yesterday's election than the 'geographic' view. Both map views allow you to hover over a district to view the percentage of votes cast for each candidate. If you have trouble finding a district on the 'equal size' cartogram view you can switch back to the more familiar 'geographic' map view.

The Post also has an interactive map of the Senate results. The NYT's Senate Elections Results also comes with an interactive map.
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