As the 2016 presidential race continues to polarize the American public this spring, “Super Tuesday” swept the nation last week as 12 states held their primaries/caucuses for the Republican and Democratic nomination.
Esri has made a GIS map of the Super Tuesday winners, allowing viewers to quickly and clearly see a color-coded depiction of which states held their primary or caucus, which parties were voted upon, and who the winners were in each state.
You’re probably thinking: “That’s pretty cool, but I could probably find this information pretty easily with a quick Google search.” And you’d be right. However, the GIS capabilities take the map one step further. By clicking on the states’ tabs at the top, you can get an in-depth view of the state’s voting on a county-by-county basis.
This allows viewers to see the true make-up of a state’s political leanings. Texas clearly leans red (Republican), but also has a decent representation of blue and yellow (Democratic and Independent). This view of Texas could tell political activists which area code they should be calling and canvasing or political candidates where they should be visiting and speaking.
On the other hand, a GIS map of Minnesota’s political tendencies would tell the Republican presidential candidate that they don’t need to waste their money campaigning in Minnesota, as they’ll likely win that state regardless.
These Super Tuesday Winners maps are a great resource for anyone, not just those politically-minded. They could help you choose which county you’d rather live in or which state will embody the same values as you, Regardless of who wins the Republican and Democratic nominations, GIS maps will be useful for tracking the rest of the 2016 presidential race.