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I was gonna write a "pie" diary but everyone's doing that. Then I was going to ignore the site until "pie"gate settles down a bit, but that's lame; why let the "pie"heads have their pie and eat it too?  Then I found a really interesting map.

We've all seen those endless red/blue maps that map the counties in the US by voting percentage favoring Bush or Kerry.  Those were very interesting of course, and what we learned is that there is an archipelago of blue islands amongst a sea of red.  The map below is different, what it shows is the change in support, by county, for respective Democratic and Republican candidates in the Presidential election.  Red counties mark a gain by Kerry, the darker the more pronounced the shift, for Bush the gains are in blue.

U.S. Presidential Vote Swing, 2000-2004 (Bigger Image)

This map is unambiguous, the Democrats are poised to make some big gains in the Upper Plains, the Rockies, and much of the West if they can embrace the momentum (which seems to be increasing).

On the other hand, there is a lot of Bush-blue in areas where you wouldn't expect it (mid-Atlantic and lower New England), however, I tend to think  (hope) that may have been a temporary effect of Bush capturing the security obsessed undecideds.

Originally posted to colorless green ideas on Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 02:33 PM PDT.

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  •  Pie Chart? (4.00)
    Could you please show the data as a Pie Chart?

    [Sorry, couldn't resist.]

    Big Joe Helton: "I pay Plenty."
    Chico Marx: "Well, then we're Plenty Tough."

    by Caelian on Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 02:40:45 PM PDT

  •  Western strategy (none)
    I love the trend in my home state.  Big swings to Kerry all along the Front Range and in the mountains (though, sadly, not Colorado Springs).  Montana seems to be similar in many ways, though admittedly, it's got farther to go.

    While we're at it, Colorado should annex eastern Utah (see that bright red county in southeast Utah?  That's where Moab is.  I wouldn't mind having that be part of Colorado...).

    Environmentalist dinosaurs worried about the new iridium-enriched reactors. "If they blow," they said, "only the cockroaches and the mammals will survive..."

    by ColoRambler on Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 02:54:03 PM PDT

    •  what's up with moab? (none)
      is there a big indian reservation or something?
      •  Young people who love the outdoors (none)
        It's a rapidly growing town that's a haven for outdoor enthusiasts (especially mountain bike fans, but also hikers, campers, anglers, and tourists in general).

        Moab and the surrounding county has a more Democratic lean than the rest of Utah (still majority Bush in 2004 -- but only barely) for much the same reason the ski resort towns in Colorado tend to lean Democratic.

        Environmentalist dinosaurs worried about the new iridium-enriched reactors. "If they blow," they said, "only the cockroaches and the mammals will survive..."

        by ColoRambler on Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 03:13:24 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  What happened to Alaska and Hawaii (none)
    the freak states?
  •  Wow...Its sad how I automatically think: (none)
    Red = Republicans
    Blue = Democrats

    I had to do a double take.

    Reigning Welterweight Female Piefighter since 1998

    by ablington on Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 03:02:16 PM PDT

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