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Can't We All Just Get Along?

Thanks to Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! for mentioning it on this weekend's show and to sidelobe for reminding me about it, I present the Purple Election 2004 Results, county by county. Unlike the red and blue maps that we've all seen over the past week, this map is purple:
Using County-by-County election return data from USA Today together with County boundary data from the US Census' Tiger database we produced the following graphic depicting the results. Of course, blue is for the democrats, red is for the republicans, and green is for all other. Each county's color is a mix of these three color components in proportion to the results for that county.
I look at this map and no longer see the harsh contrast between blue and red that has divided us for so long. Everything is a shade of purple. It's important work like this -- coming up with creative ways to color maps -- that will help us all put the bitterness that divides us behind us and work together to make a stronger, more purple, America.

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happy2beso
Nov. 9th, 2004 05:12 pm (UTC)
I agree it makes the divide look less 'divisive'.....but I still think that individuals are quite divided. I don't remember people this worked up over the race in 2000...maybe I was just not paying attention, or maybe the internet had made it worse this time.
sidelobe
Nov. 10th, 2004 03:35 am (UTC)
It just makes the divide more fine-grained. It does show that the divide isn't simply bi-coastal. But I agree that people will continue to be personally divided. At least this won't give them the excuse that everybody around them thinks the same way.

Somebody suggested that all of the Democrats were trying to escape the country via deep-water ports, and got stuck there. ;-) This map belies that theory.
bodnej
Nov. 9th, 2004 05:42 pm (UTC)
One nation under Barney, with liberty and naptime for all?
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