As the election year is ramping up, now is a good time to introduce electoral geography (since there are millions of dollars been spent of this type of analysis). Displayed is the county map of the 2008 presidential election (McCain=red, Obama=blue). What are the geographic and demographic characteristics of the 2008 voting base of both the Republican and Democratic parties? This is also a great map to discuss how to interpret maps--how could this map be misleading? What additional information is needed to contextualize this data? Follow the link for additional maps that provide attempt to visualize that context.