There are no red states or blue states. There are purple states. Mauve states. Violet states. You’ve probably seen maps that depict America’s blended political landscape before (“we are not that divided” writes Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo), but odds are you’ve never seen one quite like this. It was created by datavizualization expert John Nelson, and it’s one of the most information-rich political election maps we’ve come across yet.
In an email to io9, Nelson describes his map as “a pointillist look at the 2012 election results, which does a fairer job of illustrating where, how many, and how people voted in the election than the more typical full-color generalization.”
CONTINUED at io9.