election

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Alabama voter demographics

Democrat Doug Jones won in the senate race against Republican Roy More last night. The Washington Post provides how different demographic groups voted, based on a poll “conducted by Edison Research for the National Election Pool, The Washington Post and other media organizations.” Tags: demographics, election, Washington Post

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National precinct map

Mapping at the precinct level of detail is tough because there isn’t a central place where all the geography files reside. If you want a national precinct map, there’s going to be a lot of manual labor involved, and so that’s what Ryne Rohla did. After spending most of my spare time in 2015 working on a global religion map, the 2016 Presidential Primaries rolled around, and I decided to...

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Random states of America show changing election outcomes

Geography and state borders play a big part in how elections play out and where candidates campaign. Neil Freeman demonstrates with a map that generates random state boundaries. This interactive map creates randomly-generated state boundaries for the United States, and see who would recent presidential elections under the map. Under different combinations of states, different regions become the deciding factor, and even broad popular support can be overturned by the...

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Charting Historical Voter Turnout

As FiveThirtyEight notes, turnout in the 2016 presidential election isn’t dramatically lower than it was four years ago, according to the latest estimates. And with many mail-in and provision ballots still being counted, the 2016 turnout rate could still change: Approximately 58.1 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in last week’s presidential election, according to the latest estimates from Michael McDonald, associate professor at the University of Florida, who gathers...

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Showing uncertainty during the live election forecast

During the election, The New York Times showed a live gauge to show the current forecast for Clinton and Trump. It moved to show a 25th to 75th percentile band of uncertainty: A lot of people didn’t get it, and it seemed to upset plenty of people too. Gregor Aisch, an NYT graphics editor, explains what they tried to accomplish with the gauges. [W]e thought (and still think!) this movement...

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Peaks and valleys of presidential support

This is some fine map work by Lazaro Gamio and Dan Keating for the Washington Post. It shows total votes and margin of victory for each county with a peaks and valleys metaphor. Taller means more votes, and wider means greater margin. The Post rotated the United States map so that the east coast is on top and the west coast is on the bottom, which allows for scrollability and...

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Nuclear war is on the ballot

Neil Halloran, creator of the interactive World War II documentary focused on deaths, is working on another focused on the cost of nuclear war. With the election tomorrow, Halloran pushed out an “election cut” to highlight what’s at stake. Very scary. Tags: election, nuclear

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Newspaper endorsements since 1980

Noah Veltman put together a history of newspapers’ presidential endorsements since 1980 for about 100 publications. There’s a simple table showing Republican, Democrat, or other endorsement over the years, and you can download the data too. Tags: election, endorsement, newspaper

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All the ways to map election results

Every election, there’s a slew of election maps that come in all shapes and sizes. The maps have evolved with the web, the amount of data available, and the level of reader interest, and it’s about finding a balance between the new and what works. To see the evolution, you can look to The New York Times portfolio over the decades. The Upshot has the rundown. Tags: election, New York...

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Sentiment analysis on Trump and Clinton faces during debate

For anyone who watched the presidential debates, I think it was fairly obvious what emotion each candidate projected at various moments. However, a group of graduate students from Columbia University applied computer vision and sentiment analysis to get a more quantitative gauge. Because, sure, why not. Sarah Slobin for Quartz explains the results. Tags: election, sentiment, vision

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