You’ve all seen this map. Boring and not really representative of what’s going on behind those opaque swatches of red and blue. This is especially true in those large areas of low-density America that give red more weight than it deserves.
But what if the map were redrawn so that the size of each state was proportional to the number of electoral college votes each state holds? Bring on Mark Newman and his cartograms and this is what you get.
Much better. Blue certainly dominates red as the election night electoral vote count indicates. The problem is that the map is still not indicative of the red/blue distribution in each state. Mark dealt with that issue by color coding his map down to the county level to give a truer picture of what a purple America looks like.
Ribbons of blue, red and purple paint a better picture of Democratic and Republican distribution across the country.
Another excellent graphic is this map drawn up by Chris Howard who overlaid population density data on Mark Newman’s maps to show that there is very little solid red or blue anywhere in the country.
For better or worse, it really is a purple America.
(h/t: Will Femia)