Saturday, November 08, 2008

Obama gets 1 more electoral vote

One more for Obama. I think this is the first time Nebraska has split its electoral votes. While Obama hardly needed it, I think it's symbolically important that Obama is getting electoral votes from formerly "red" areas. There are more and more areas of the country where Democrats are considered viable.

By the way, I think the definition of "red state" is going to have to change. The Wikipedia entry as of this posting has the following map, based on '92, '96, '00, and '04 presidential elections:

Colorado and Virginia can't really be called red states anymore. And the rest of the map might have to shade a bit bluer. Frankly, I'm surprised this Wikipedia entry hasn't been updated already.


Blogger grishnash said...

I don't know if you read it, but this cool and informative blog Internal Monologue mentioned on election night that this would be the first time that a semi-proportional electoral split would come as the result of a law. (Certainly it's happened many times due to faithless electors, or lack of legal guidance to electors.)

8:19 AM, November 08, 2008  

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