Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Appalachia Map

Sean Oxendine argued in this piece last month that Hillary still had a decent shot at winning the popular vote. It isn't clear that she does any longer; however, she is still on course to rack up enormous margins (30-40%) in West Virginia and Kentucky, and it is unclear how the press will respond to these victories. The Times interactive map gives Hillary at least 70% of the vote in essentially every county bordering WV and eastern KY; anecdotal evidence (e.g. from George Packer) supports the interpolation. Oxendine's now famous Appalachia map sums up what's happened so far. The black line marks the boundaries of Appalachia as per the census bureau (I think). Green = Obama, blue = Hillary, the deeper the color the bigger the margins.

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