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14 Ways to Visualize the Presidential Election

On a recent episode of Chart Chat, Steve Wexler, Jeffrey Shaffer, Amanda Makulec, and Andy Cotgreave engaged in an amazing discussion about different ways to visualize the US Presidential election. To that end, I’ve decided to use Tableau to create a number of different approaches (14 to be exact). This workbook includes each of these methods, with a brief explanation of how they work, plus some commentary by Steve Wexler and myself on the good, the bad, and the ugly of each approach. Everything you need to know is in the viz, so here it is. Click the image to interact with the full visualization.


 

Ken Flerlage, October 28, 2020

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6 comments:

  1. Amazing! Truly Amazing. Each one of them is very inspiring, but 14, you are spoiling us :)

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  2. Some of these are very interesting. I particularly like the Non-Contiguous Cartogram! I've never seen it and it feels the best of these options to me.

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    1. This was the first time I've seen it too and I agree that it's pretty good! But, as I noted in the comments of the viz, I think my preference is the bubble tile map. Easy to understand, easy to create, easy to compare sizes, etc.

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  3. I just check NYT and your dashboard is very close to final election results :D
    That gridded cartogram was very unique , its like the state and also have electoral count

    POUYA

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    1. Yes, the NYT did a pretty good job with their projections. Most of the true tossups went to Trump, some of them pretty easily, but pretty much everything else was accurate. Yes, I agree--the gridded cartogram is a really good way to visualize this data. It's one of my favorites.

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