Red? Blue? Purple? Data Expert Creates Hyper-Accurate Election Map


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Even though the 2012 election is over, the arguments over “red states” and “blue states” continue unabated. But if a new map showing the actual Democratic and Republican voter distribution across the nation is correct, then most states – even ones considered red or blue strongholds – might be more accurately described as purple.

According to, datavizualization expert John Nelson has created a map that shows groups of 100 Mitt Romney and 100 Barack Obama voters as red or blue dots, broken down on a county-by-county basis. Higher-population areas with mixed voting are represented as purple.

Click here for the full-size map (WARNING: THIS IS A BIG HI-RES FILE)

Nelson says that traditional red/blue political maps are typically biased in favor of geographically large but population-light areas, and states tend to be represented as monolithic blocks of red and blue.

He says that his map gives a much clearer portrait of the nation’s varied electorate.

“(The map) is a pointillist look at the 2012 election results, which does a fairer job of illustrating where, how many, and how people voted in the election than the more typical full-color generalization,” Nelson told i09.

Nelson compiled the map from publicly-available election information.

Click here for more on this story from i09.

Click here for more information from Nelson’s blog.

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