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US election:more interactive resources

Obama or Romney? One day left to know who will be the 57th American President .

November 5, 2012

Tomorrow, the American people will once again decide who will represent them in the Senate and in The House of Representatives. They will also know who will be the 57th President of the United States. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have tried to convince voters in the midst of a hard economical recovery, war and even hurricanes. In the debates, both candidates alternated good and average performances, increasing the general feeling that this is an election far from being resolved. The polls confirmed that. Washington Post-ABC News’ latest results indicated a technical tie between the candidates.

To look at how the presidential race was being visualized, a couple of weeks ago we gathered 40 interactive infographics and resources about the U.S. Presidential election. Now, in the eve of what promises to be a very close voting, we bring another set of visualizations, most of them produced after our first round-up.

512 Paths to the White House | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of The New York Times' interactive infographic 512 Paths to the White House
(image: The New York Times)

The Home Stretch | The Washington Post

Partial screen capture of The Washington Post's interactive graphic, The Home Stretch
(image: The Washington Post)

States of play | The Economist

Partial screen capture of The Economist's interactive graphic, States of play
(image: The Economist)

How States Have Shifted | The New York Times

How States Have Shifted, The New York Times interactive infographic
(image: Mike Bostock and Shan Carter; additional reporting by Amanda Cox | The New York Times)

Another topic that was a favorite for visualizations was the campaign financing and spending, and we even included a videoinfographic recently launched by NPR:

A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money | NPR

On the Trail | Associated Press

On the Trail, Associated Press's interactive slideshow,
(image: Associated Press)

2012 Presidential Campaign Finance Explorer | The Washington Post

2012 Presidential Campaign Finance Explorer, a The Washington Post's interactive graphic
(graphic: Jason Bartz, T.W. Farnam, Sisi Wei and Karen Yourish | The Washington Post)

US Election super PAC contributors | The Telegraph

Partial screen capture of The Telegraph's interactive infographic,  US Election super PAC contributors
(image: The Telegraph)

Tracking Candidate Spending | Neue Zürcher Zeitung

The debates were also object of some interesting visualizations, and while we’re at it, this post from the Guardian Data Blog is also recomended: Presidential debates: 10 datasets and charts you need to know

What Romney and Obama’s Body Language Says to Voters | The New York Times

What Romney and Obama’s Body Language Says to Voters, a The New York Times's interactive graphic
(image: Xaquin G.V., Alan McLean, Archie Tse and Sérgio Peçanha)

Audio graphic: US election TV debates | The Telegraph

Audio graphic: US election TV debates
(image: The Telegraph)

Visualizing intensity of final debate | Boston Globe

Visualizing intensity of final debate, a The Boston Globe's interactive infographic
(image: Alvin Chang | The Boston Globe)

The issues at stake, the new voting rules and other topics related to the campaigns also deserved the attention of the graphics departments in the newsrooms:

2012: Make Your Prediction | NARA

Partial screen capture of NARA's interactive graphic, Make Your Prediction
(image: NARA)

Which US candidate suits you? | Al Jazeera

Which US candidate suits you, an  Al Jazeera' interactive graphic
(image: Al Jazeera)

The Newest Voter ID Laws | The New York Times

The Newest Voter ID Laws, a The New York Times' interactive infographic
(image: Bill Marsh | The New York Times)

The Concerns of Older Voters | The Bangor Daily News

How Do Americans View the World? | Carnegie Moscow Center

How Do Americans View the World
(image: Carnegie Moscow Center)

Demographic voting trends | Associated Press

Partial screen capture of Associated Press' interactive infographic: Demographic voting trends (image: Associated Press)

How we voted | Reuters

How we voted, a Reuters' interactive graphic
(image: Reuters)

Voting History of US States | Data Intuition

Apart from the traditional media, other organizations and independant information designers created a bunch of powerful and impressive data visualizations:

Balance of Power | Felix Gonda

Balance of Power
(image: Felix Gonda)

Political Engagement Map | Twitter

Political Engagement Map
(image: Twitter)

Politilines | Periscopic

Politilines, a Periscopic's interactive graphic
(image: Periscopic)

Stanford Election Atlas | Stanford University

Partial screen capture of Stanford University's interactive infographic Stanford Election Atlas
(image: Stanford University)

Electionary (iPad app) | TargetPoint Consulting

Partial screen capture of TargetPoint Consulting's iPad app, Electionary
(image: TargetPoint Consulting)

And finally, the contribution from Visual Loop Brasil, with selection of interactive resources made by news media in that country:

Map of the U.S. election | O Globo

O mapa da eleição presidencial americana,especial interativo do Globo
(imagem: Daniel Lima | O Globo)

Swing States | BBC

Os Estados-pêndulo nas eleições americanas
(imagem: BBC)

2012 US election | Estado de S. Paulo

Eleições Americanas 2012, infográfico interativo do Estado de S. Paulo
(imagem: Estado de S. Paulo)

Obama x Romney | Zero Hora

Obama x Romney,  infográfico interativo do Zero Hora
(imagem: Zero Hora)

What you could buy with the money spent in the Presidential campaign? | BBC Brasil

O que poderia ser comprado com o dinheiro da campanha presidencial dos EUA,  infográfico interativo da BBC
(image: BBC)

Obviously there are many more infographics about the elections. Like we said, we collected 40 in our previous post, and you can also find hundreds of examples on our Pinterest Board.Let us know if we missed some other interesting interactive data visualization – we’ll be happy to add it to the selection!

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.