According to the latest polls, the 2012 presidential race is going to be a close one, which means that--once again--it will come down to the swing states: As the electoral votes in Ohio, Florida, and seven other "undecided" states go, so goes the White House.
But the details are messy. With nine swing states in the mix, there are a total of 2^9 possible outcomes in tomorrow's election. That's 512 different possibilities.
Which, normally, would be too many to keep track of. But in today's infographic, visualization all-stars Mike Bostock and Shan Carter boiled the "combinatorial explosion" of possible results down to a simple, interactive flowchart.
In a blog post, the designers explained their secret to keeping the chart simple:
In other words, by halting each outcome branch once a winner is determined (once one of the candidates acquires over 270 electoral votes, or they tie), Bostock and Carter represented all of the meaningful outcomes while showing us only about a quarter of the total possibilities (the flowchart displays 140 nodes, or 27% of the total possible outcomes).
eh doesnt matter, which ever yahoo gets in office we will still be run by the bankers that own them.
i'm "wasting my vote" on gary johnson.
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John N. Is this POPSCI or the Re-elect Obama website. Non-stop calls, junk mail, endless ads online and I can't even escape it here on my favorite science website? I just vomited on my key board, thanks!
How many paths are there to the White House?
As many as big business can buy and manipulate, I suppose!
I really hate the politics on this site! and they need to deal with all the bots. Yes I'm talking to you ris789.
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Does anyone care, I doubt it. And I am ok with that, because I take responsibility for my own beliefs and try to respect others for theirs too.
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Why does everyone seem to forget the study of politics is political SCIENCE. So yes, it is in the realm of PopSci. I realize Reps are upset PopSci supports the Democrats, but they are the party of science. If these articles supported Republicans, they'd have to change their name to "Popular Belief".