The New York Times is breaking out the big guns this election day with an excellent online data-viz package that includes interactive projection maps and a candidate Twitter tracker.
Last thing’s first: The tracker (above) shows tweets by and about candidates in the lead-up to the election. Red’s for the GOP, blue’s for Dems. Press “play” to watch how the buzz has waxed and waned over the past couple weeks. (Christine O’Donnell’s bubble, for instance, has stayed relatively huge the whole time.) Then you can click on a bubble to be redirected to news about the candidate or to compare your candidate’s Twitter popularity to her opponent’s, as below:
Obviously, this doesn’t tell us anything about who’s actually gonna win. At least let’s hope not. Which brings us to the projection maps. They look pretty much the same as they always do with lots of red in the middle and blue on the east and west coasts. The data’s filterable by race:
Then you can zoom in further. Say you want an overview of the governors’ race in California. Click on the state to draw up text and statistical projections from both the Times and FiveThirtyEight (which is sort of the Holy Writ of polling analysis). Looks like Meg Whitman doesn’t stand a chance:
And there’s lots more stuff to play around with. Check back here later tonight for a results map.
[Hat tip: FlowingData]