2008 Presidential Election Results

Robert J. Vanderbei

The changing colors of America (1960-2008)

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The Election is History

Posted: Friday, November 7, 2008, 5:35 am (reposted: December 15, 2008, 4:13 am)

Here's how America has changed in 4 years:
America 2008

Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2008, 5:08 am

Here is how America looks today:
America 2008

Posted: Monday, November 3, 2008, 6:13 pm

Reading the Tea Leaves

I predict Obama will win 364 electoral votes and McCain will win 174. The map below shows the breakout. North Dakota tips slightly for McCain whereas Missouri tips slightly to Obama.

Using aggregated polls from the most recent month as tabulated by Real Clear Politics, the plot below shows state-by-state how the country is polling. States with no poll results in the last month are shown as they were in 2004.

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The Economy.

Is the current crisis the worst since the great depression or are such claims simple election year fear mongering? Take a look at the semi-log plots below and decide for yourself. Note that a drop from 10,000 to 1,000 would be a 90 percent drop. Similarly, a drop from 1,000 to 100 would also be a 90 percent drop. On a semi-log scale both drops would look to be of the same magnitude. Current data is only up to October 24.

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