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Following/mapping the election

If you’re like me, you want to keep track of the presidential race between Barack Obama and John McCain. I thought I’d share a few sites that I’ve bookmarked in order to keep up to the minute. My favorite site is Electoral-vote.com. E-V collects national and state polls and shows a nice map of the current electoral vote count. As new state polls are released, the maps, spreadsheets, tables, graphs, etc. are updated. There’s also a comparison for that day in the 2004 presidential race, roll-over stats for how each state voted since 1992, and tracking of Senate and House elections.

Another site of interest is FiveThirtyEight “electoral projections done right.” This one has lots of graphs, “tipping point” states, a return on investment index and more. 538 (the # of electors in the electoral college of course 🙂 ) also tracks governors’ races. It’s run by Nate Silver, a writer and baseball statistician. You know how crazy baseball fans are for data, so you know that this site is sucking up as much data as they can, chewing it up and serving it up in lots of different ways.

Also check out RealClearPolitics. This one pulls together news, blogs, editorials, polls and electoral maps (although the mapping feature is only for presidential race).

[Thanks David Weinberger/JoHo for the RealClearPolitics tip!]

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