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Friday, November 11, 2005

VA-Gov: Where Kaine Won

Posted by DavidNYC

I always love stuff like this. In case you aren't familiar with the concept, a cartogram is a map which tries to show both geographic location and numeric distribution. Maps of presidential elections, for example, always make the sea of red look enormous, but unfairly so, because so many Republican-voting states are so sparsely populated. Cartograms try to rectify that problem. Take a look here for some examples.

Anyhow, a Democratic consulting outfit called Strategic Telemetry has released a cartogram of the Virginia gubernatorial results, adjusted by county population. This gives you a good sense of where Tim Kaine drew his strength from, especially for folks knowledgeable about VA geography.

You can click on the image to bring you to a clearer full-size version (compressing it to fit on this page distorts the image a bit). Very interesting.

(Via Hotline On Call.)

Posted at 02:48 PM in 2005 Elections, Virginia | Technorati

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Republicans in this state have a thing for subliminaly bashing people in liberal enclaves like NOVA, Charlottesville, and inner Richmond but it looks like it finally caught up with them. Notice that most of the major cities and magnified areas areas on the map are blue :)

If you don't know anything about VA geography heres a few things: the HUGE blue thing in the northern part of the state is Northern VA (Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Loudon, and Prince William) The weird looking blob directly under it is the Richmond area. The other large blue area to the right of Richmond is the Tidwater area. The dark blue area in the center of the state is the Charlottesville area. Roanoke is the other dark blue blob in the western part of the state. In short Kilgore lost the population centers which explains why the race wasn't as close as people thought it would be.

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