January 23, 2007

Electoral Map of the United States

Just came across this rather wonderful website that gives you a map of the United States and allows you to see how different states changing would effect the vote- if you are as geeky as I am and fascinated by how much James Monroe beat John Quincy Adams by in the electoral college in 1820, you can even go and look it up (incidentally I know of two people that read this site who will immediately be off to do that!), its a great site and I hope you enjoy having fun with it.


james higham said...

Three, Tiberius, you forgot the third one.

Gracchi said...

Indeed I forgot- you see I was just thinking about offline friends- its such a cool geeky website though.

Chris said...

Make it four. I could lose hours to a site like that, and in fact I did lose hours (days or weeks perhaps) on similar sites in fall 2004. It combines two of my lingering fascinations: maps and US politics.

I forgot how much of the South Bill Clinton carried, and how little John Kerry managed to capture. I can't imagine the likely 2008 front-runners doing worse, but I can see lots of ways they won't do better.

Politics may sway with the winds, but demographics favor Republicans these days.

Gracchi said...

Its such a cool site- yeah the demographics are going Republican- though it will be fascinating to see the Hispanic votes- myself I prefer going right back- its amazing to look at the elections from the early twentieth century when the Democrats took the whole of the south for example.

Chris said...

The Dems were a different party back then, before FDR and the Civil Rights Movement created the party we know and laugh at today. Since the 60s, only Carter has managed to sweep the South, and he was post-Watergate and pre-Reagan. If I were teaching US history (instead of oral English in Asia) I'd be all over this.

The Hispanic/Latino vote (different names for different regions--don't confuse them in California) is possibly the most interesting demographic shift happening today. Bush was courting it, then this illegal immigration ruckus pushed it away. Latinos are Right on social issues but Left on economics, sort of. And that's not even touching the national identity issues. This could become an all-consuming comment, so I'll stop here. Again, thanks for the link.

Gracchi said...

Yeah they were- I just find it fascinating watching the New Deal coalition form and then unform.

As to the Hispanics- they are a fascinating demographic particularly as they break up into lots of smaller groups Cubans for example as well- it'll be interesting to see how they split in 08