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Monday, November 5, 2012

Map of the Day: The Geographically Smallest Winning Electoral College Map

Smallwinnings

Matt Yglesias explains:

I started with a list of states in order of population density. So you have DC, then New Jersey, then Rhode Island, then Massachusetts, and so forth. Eventually you get a set that wins you the electoral college. Except the bloc of the 18 densest states gives you 282 electoral votes—way more than you need. Eliminate Michigan, the 18th densest, and you have 266 electoral votes. So then you can round things out with little New Hampshire's four electoral votes and you have your winning map.

Steve Clowney

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If this was facebook, I would "like"; but isn't this pretty much how the vote will turn out anyway (give or take a Pacific state here and a Midwest state there)?

Posted by: Thomas Gibbons NZ | Nov 6, 2012 1:15:23 AM

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