Purple, digital image, 2008, designed specifically for the web


The 2008 election inspired Chris to work up this little puppy, Purple, which basically shows that, as the big man says, there are no red or blue states, only purple states. It shows the 2008 presidenital election results in percentages of the color purple. So in other words, if a state voted 60% for Obama and 40% for McCain, it is colored in with a purple that is 60% blue and 40% red. If a state voted 40% for Obama and 60% for McCain, it is colored in with a purple that is 60% red and 40% blue. The point being, again, that even the bluest and reddest states here are still variants on purple.

You can get the full-size version of the map here.

Here's the technical info if you're interested: The election percentages Chris used are those from NPR. The way Chris created the colors was to use RGB color mode: the official purple was defined as having a Red content of 128, a Green content of 0, and a Blue content of 128. An electoral advantage for the Democrats would move the Blue content up and the Red content down by the appropriate percentage, and an electoral advantage for the Republicans would move the Red content up and the Blue content down. So a theoretical 100% vote for the Democrats would move the scale all the way up to 255 Blue, 0 Green, and 0 Red, and a 100% vote for the Republicans would move it to 0 Blue, 0 Green, and 255 Red. "Average" or "base" purple (128/0/128) can be seen here in Missouri, which had equal percentages for both parties when you round off to the nearest integer.

 

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