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Nice, but I wonder how objective `halfway between red and blue' is when people evaluate color. Halfway might appear to be 2/3 to some people.



I don't really think that the colors are working out that well. I'm having a hard time imagining the continuum of colors between red and blue. Mapping the variable (percentage of votes for either party) to saturation or brightness of a certain hue would be more straightforward and intuitive. Although, it would make for a pretty lousy political statement as compared to purple :)

Another way to make the two basic colors more interesting could be the delta between the state and 50% and mapping it to saturation in both directions, i.e. CA dark blue, OH light blue, UT darker red… but I'm pretty sure some news outlets already did that.

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Red and blue contrast well against each other, purple and blue contrast well against each other, purple and red do not however, so the map visually looks very republican heavy.

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All it needs is a key showing what shade is 50/50. Unfortunately one isn't provided...

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Good call. Map updated to include a key!

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The key isn't that helpful. Suggestion: a color slider showing continuity between two (asymptotic) extremes.

Better yet would be quantizing it into 10 or 20% buckets so people could better guage a given state more easily.

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Sure, a key is provided. Look at the colour of Florida!

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