2008 Presidential Election Results

The usual news report about the results of a presidential election will include a map that looks like this:

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A familiar image, but one which does not tell us who won the election.  Change the size of the states in proportion to their population, and you produce a less familiar, but more useful image:

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Maps like this are called cartogramsThis guy can help you make your own cartograms, if you are so inclined.

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