Writing Archive

83% of Congressional Districts Trended Republican in 2010

Two years after Barack Obama and Democrats reached their electoral high point, the political pendulum swung quickly and definitively back to Republicans in 2010. It was a political “whiplash” of sorts — a swift refudiation of the way the country was moving.
Republicans reclaimed congressional districts from the New Hampshire coast to the swamps of [...]

Read more...

Iraqi Electoral Map Clearly Illustrates Divides

I usually focus solely on American electoral maps, but considering the sizable American investment in Iraq, I thought that I’d post the electoral map of the recent parliamentary elections there.
Here’s a great map from our friends at 538.
Ayad Allawi’s Iraqiya (Iraqi nationalism) coalition is intended as a secular party that cuts across sectarian [...]

Read more...

TEM Under Construction

TEM readers – You might notice in the next 48 hours that the blog is under construction.  Bear with me – When I relaunch (hopefully on Monday Friday) you’re going to see a whole new TEM, complete with my Twitter feed, Flickr feed and Google Reader bookmarks.  It’s a really sharp theme from our friends [...]

Read more...

2008: The Year in Political Geography

I made this slideshow with some of my favorite maps from the 2008 election cycle, and I think it tells the story of the campaign pretty well. Hope you enjoy, whether you’re happy with the outcome or not.
Tip: Open it up to a full screen.
2008: The Year in Political Geography
View more presentations from PatrickOttenhoff.

Read more...

Electoral Map Trivia

What was the last capital of the Confederacy?
Bonus question: Who did the voters of this locality support in the 2008 presidential race?

Read more...

Blue States or Obama States?

Kos had a post yesterday about the battle for the big states:
It was stark just how poorly the GOP did in the big states. Here are the top 22, listed by population size:
1. California
2. Texas
3. New York
4. Florida
5. Illinois
6. Pennsylvania
7. Ohio
8. Michigan
9. Georgia
10. North Carolina
11. New Jersey
12. Virginia
13. Washington
14. Arizona
15. Massachusetts
16. Indiana
17. Tennessee
18. Missouri
19. Maryland
20. [...]

Read more...

Congressional District Cartogram

Nate Silver at 538 offers this sharp cartogram of the 111th Congress:

Read more...

What Constitutes “Flyover Country”?

Wendell Cox at New Geography has a really smart post about how people are actually moving in droves to so-called “Flyover Country.” He measures domestic migration and finds that “what residents of Elitia reject, millions are embracing.” He notes that 3,500,000 Americans have moved to Flyover Country since 2000.
I thought it was a [...]

Read more...

Morning Reading List – 12 Days To Go

The Big Ten Battleground Poll has Obama sweeping from Happy Valley to the Metrodome.
The Q-Poll has Obama up in the Big 3 and leading by double-digits in Buckeyes and Nittany Lions country.
Robert David Sullivan releases his 10 regions of American Politics in 2008.
Charlie Mathesian maps out McCain’s victory in the Keystone State.
An Obama internal shows [...]

Read more...

Karl Rove Thinks Clinton is More Electable Than Obama

Jack Tapper acquired two interesting maps today from the consulting firm of Karl Rove & Co. The first measures John McCain against Barack Obama, and the second pits McCain against Hillary Clinton. Some of the battlegrounds are the usual suspects, but Rove has a few surprises for us.
In the McCain-Obama matchup, Rove has Obama [...]

Read more...

PHVsPjwvdWw+