US election 2012 States of play
August 29th: A new poll gives Barack Obama a small lead in Iowa. Mr Obama and Mitt Romney are at level pegging in the polls nationwide. But if the election were held today Mr Obama would surpass the 270 electoral-college votes needed to win, according to the state polling on our map, taking 285 votes to Mr Romney’s 206 (this is not counting the electoral-college votes from Michigan, Ohio and Virginia, where the most recent data show the race to be tied in each state). The colour coding for each state reflects the result of the latest poll (and not an average of polling data) for that state.
Our interactive map provides the latest polling for president in each state (where available) and nationally. Click your cursor on a state to see the polling data, or use the “zoom to” drop-down menu to take you to a region. We have designated some states as “swing states”, highlighted by an icon that will appear above the polling graph for that state. These are the states that could go either way in the election and where Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will focus their campaigns.
The presidential election is won by the candidate who attains at least 270 electoral-college votes out of the 538 in total that are spread among the states and which are distributed to take account of population size. To view a list of the allocation of the votes in the states click on the “Electoral college votes” tab.
Click on the “Results 2008” tab to see how the election went last time.
You can read the rest of this article at:: http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/08/us-election-2012
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