Retrieved by Pat Darnell | Dec 31, 2012 | Bryan TX
LINK] Blue is Obama, Red is Republican ...
Election maps: What can we learn from Maps? Cartography is not dead? Maybe. The captions from the web page say this:
" ... The explanation for this apparent paradox, as pointed out by many people, is that the map fails to take account of the population distribution. It fails to allow for the fact that the population of the red states is on average significantly lower than that of the blue ones. The blue may be small in area, but they represent a large number of voters, which is what matters in an election.'via Blog this'
We can correct for this by making use of a cartogram, a map in which the sizes of states are rescaled according to their population (ibid.)... "
As you can see, the states have been stretched and squashed, some of them substantially, to give them the appropriate sizes, though it's done in such a way as to preserve the general appearance of the map, so far as that's possible. On this map there is now clearly more blue than red.