Perhaps hoping to avoid a Red County/Blue County debate, California’s Secretary of State has release a county-by-county map showing results in red and green.
While I’ve objected to reports calling Arnold’s victory a “landslide,” I suppose a 17% spread is about as close as one is likely to get in a popular vote in a modern election. Certainly reports that the race was “too close to call” were ridiculous mischaracterizations of the poll results in an attempt to “get out the vote,” as was CNN’s constant title of “razor-thin” margins. I’m all in favor of high voter turnout, though, so I don’t mind.
And the map is impressive. The map for recalling Gray Davis is slightly less lopsided, but a ten point spread is still reasonably hefty.
It’s mildly amusing to see the clusters in the Bay Area. 80% against the recall? 63% for Bustamante? And people wonder why we still need an electoral college in nationwide elections!