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Visualization of the Week: The voting shift from 2008 to 2012

A New York Times map visualizes the shift in Republican and Democratic votes from 2008 to 2012.

To visualize the US presidential election results from yesterday, the New York Times put together a series of maps showing the results from various angles, including overall results by state, by county, and by size of lead. The Times also looked at the shift in Republican and Democratic votes compared to the 2008 election. The following map shows that shift — the longer the arrow, the bigger the shift; the overall shift toward Republican is interesting given the Democratic win yesterday.

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Hovering over arrows pulls up details comparing the 2008 votes to the 2012 votes — and you can click to zoom in on a particular area.

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Visualization of the Week: Forecasting the US presidential election

The New York Times visualizes data from polling aggregation website FiveThirtyEight to forecast the winner of the US presidential election.

The US presidential election is just weeks away, and there is no shortage of polls and collected indicators — in the US and around the world — being used to predict the outcome. Polling aggregation website FiveThirtyEight has made a science of forecasting the US presidential election results, and the New York Times has visualized its election 2012 forecast data, including historical context, to show how state allegiances to the Democratic and Republican parties have shifted.

The interactive visualization shows each candidate’s forecasted position based on either the size of the lead or the number of predicted electoral votes, along with the historical shifts through past elections. Data points running down the left side can be highlighted in the visualization as well. In the screenshot below, the visualization shows the forecasted electoral votes, with the added highlight of the historical and predicted allegiance of Ohio, the state that has voted for the winner in every election since 1964.

New York Times US presidential election visualization
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