The Electoral Map is a blog at the intersection of politics and geography. We believe that maps tell the story behind the votes -- the culture, economics, demographics, history, sports and the stories that influence the map.

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The Electoral Map is primarily written by Patrick Ottenhoff, who attends Georgetown McDonough School of Business in the Class of 2012. He previously served as a project manager in the Public Affairs Practice of New Media Strategies and was a staff writer for National Journal Group. Patrick also publishes at The Atlantic as a correspondent. As the name implies, the blog covers news and commentary at the intersection of politics and geography, but it also analyzes the stories, people, culture, sports, and food behind the maps and the votes. Patrick is a native Virginian and graduate of Union College in New York.  You can follow The Electoral Map on Twitter and Facebook, and follow Patrick on YouTube.