2008 Election Maps (kottke.org)

[Republished from kottke.org. Click on the media outlet name below the map image to go to the final map results presentations. The Washington Post entry is 75% the way down the page. The Onion map at the very bottom is quite amusing.]

Most media outlets covering the 2008 US Presidential Election used the familar red/blue map to track the progress of the race as results from the polls rolled in Tueday evening. Here are several of those maps, in some ways as similar to each other as they are varied. If you run across more maps, send ’em my way. (Note: Most of these aren’t the final maps…I wanted to get screenshots before the sites started moving things around too much.)

Update 11/5 @ 11am: I added 10 new maps to the bottom, including a DIY map drawn on a dry erase board.

NY Times

New York Times – Nice big clean map, the consensus best map of the 2008 election.



Fox News

Fox News – Fox is never subtle.


FiveThirtyEight.com – These guys are all about the data. No fancying up the maps.

ABC News (Australia)

ABC News (Australia)

ABC News

ABC News


AP – Many sites were using AP’s graphics, including C-SPAN.



BBC Proportional

BBC – The BBC map had an option to toggle to see the area of the states in proportion to their electoral votes.

CBS News

CBS News – Looks like CBS ran out of room and squashed the US into a narrow column.

Color Your Own

Color Your Own Map – A Flickr user made a map you could print out and color in with crayons or colored pencils as the results came in.


Crikey – A definite outlier and favorite.

Daily Kos

Daily Kos – An unpolished effort.

El Mundo

El Mundo – “Obama cambia el color de la Historia”.


Google – Functional but not pretty, just like everything else Google does.


Guardian – No electoral totals on the map…they had those pulled out into a separate graphic. Also, “Alaska, Hawaii, not to scale”. Helpful!

LA Times

LA Times – Nice and clean like the NY Times.


MSNBC – Nice lite blue to pink gradient!

NPR / NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

NPR / NewsHour with Jim Lehrer


Politico – I do believe that’s Silkscreen.


Pollster – Overbearing yellow.

Talking Points Memo

Talking Points Memo – They’re using Google’s map here, but with slightly different shades of red and blue.

USA Today

USA Today – This map proudly carries on the USA Today’s tradition of cramming it in there.

Washington Post

Washington Post – Featuring a very smiley Obama and grumpy McCain. I wonder if those photos varied with the current results…


Wall Street Journal – Nice stipple portraits of the candidates.



Mark Newman

Mark Newman – While not a realtime election returns map, Newman’s maps provide a more accurate geographical look at how people voted. Also, purple!

Dry Erase

Dry erase map – Awesome!


Wikipedia – Check out how the map changed throughout the night. This is the only map on the list that’s in the public domain…d/l it and put it up on your site if you’d like.

Der Spiegel

Der Spiegel

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Neue Zurcher Nachrichten

Neue Zurcher Zeitung – Orange and teal…those are almost different than red and blue.

Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star Tribune



Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

The Onion

The Onion – This isn’t a realtime results map either but it’s The Onion so I had to include it.

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One Response to “2008 Election Maps (kottke.org)”

  1. rafa says:

    Nice roundup, Kelso! This would be great for a carto 101 discussion. I’ll be sure to pass this on to my old prof!