The Purple States of America

In his victory speech last night, President-Elect Barack Obama repeated a point he has made many times during the long campaign season:

“…we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.”

This reminded me of some great maps and cartograms I saw after the 2004 election. Just as I started to go looking for those maps today, I read Coudal Partners post linking to updated versions for this election.

The maps, created by Mark Newman, show that we’re largely a purple nation. There’s some Red, sure, and some blue. But great swaths of the country are somewhere in between.

This is all the more apparent when Newman adjusts the areas of each county to reflect population, converting the map into a cartogram:

If you’re interested in maps or politics or both, go take a look at Newman’s article. In addition to the county-level maps I’ve shown here, he has state-level maps that more directly relate to the electoral vote totals. Good stuff. I see he has a book out, too: The Atlas of the Real World!