Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Mapping the New York City Mayoral Results

The New York Times has created a fascinating map of the election results for the New York City Mayor. With Bill de Blasio becoming the city's first Democratic mayor in 20 years the New York Times map allows users to explore the votes cast for Bill de Blasio and Joseph J. Lhota by election district, by race, average income and by home ownership.

The map shows that de Blasio's landslide victory was partly the result of his appeal across racial and social economic groups. While de Blasio performed slightly better on average in predominantly black and hispanic districts he also proved far more popular than his Republican rival in predominantly white areas.

Bill de Blasio repeatedly pledged to unite New York's 'two cities', those of the haves and the have-nots, during his campaign. There was always the danger that this pledge might have backfired in wealthier areas of the city. However the New York Times map shows that even in the city's wealthiest areas de Blasio still performed surprisingly well. Only in the very few districts where average income is over $224,455 did Joseph J. Lhota outperform his rival.

In New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie swept to a second term defeating the Democratic contender, Barbara Buono. created an interesting live election results map that slowly revealed the face of Governor Christie as counties announced their results.

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