By the end of today we will know who our next president is going to be. The first polls close at 6 p.m. in Indiana. Virginia, Georgia, Florida, and New Hampshire follow shortly after at 7 p.m. The last polls close in Alaska at 12 p.m. It seems as though the media, pundits, and pollsters are predicting a lopsided win for Barack Obama. The current data and polls may suggest a win for Obama, however there is still plenty of gray area in states where John McCain could succeed enough to win.
The following maps have been created in Maker to reveal pertinent election coverage and data that my fellow data colleagues and I thought would be helpful going into the big election tonight.
Pay close attention to Virginia—a highly contested swing state —because if Barack Obama can win in the former Old Confederacy capital of Richmond then the odds of him winning the election will be in his favor.
The following is a map of active registered voters in Virginia:
Here is the latest polling data that shows Obama’s lead vs. McCain’s:
Here is a link to the data set in Finder: http://finder.geocommons.com/overlays/5911
And a link to the map in Maker: http://maker.geocommons.com/maps/1311?page=
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