Cool Maps of the Election Results, courtesy Scientific American

How’s this for some cross-disciplinary techno-gizmo fun:

http://www.sciam.com/slideshow.cfm?id=electoral-results-maps&thumbs=horizontal&photo_id=889F2CDE-FE3A-1797-5C84D607130E6E68

I still don’t understand why I can’t get pictures to embed directly into my posts . . . anyway, this is a slideshow on Scientific American’s website, designed by a physicist at U of Michigan to overcome the geographical bias of the usual electoral map.  I particularly like map #4, the county-level map adjusted for population.

Does anyone have any new insight into why rural areas continue to vote Repubilcan so consistently and urban areas vote Democratic (note my use of the adjectival form of the word)?  It was a hopeful sign at least to me that every single county in Indiana had a higher Democratic turnout in 2008 than in 2004.  But as Jeff’s posts with the New York Times maps pointed out, that wasn’t true in a number of places, particularly in the deep deep South.

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