Benny Johnson at Independent Journal Review reports on the work of Ryne Rohla at Decision Desk HQ who has created a remarkably detailed map of the nation down to the precinct level. This map shows just how badly the Democrats lost in the November election and why they should be very concerned about their future.
Precinct data, despite providing the clearest available picture of how areas vote, can be quite difficult to both come by and to visualize. There isn’t a singular, unified source of precinct-level data nationally nor even at the statewide level in many cases. Precinct boundaries frequently shift over time, especially during the decennial redistricting process following each Census.
After spending most of my spare time in 2015 working on a global religion map, the 2016 Presidential Primaries rolled around, and I decided to go for it: I would do everything in my power to create a national precinct map. I didn’t have a team of researchers. I didn’t have aides. I didn’t have much extra money. I didn’t have connections. But for some reason, I thought I could do it anyway.
Hundreds of emails and phone calls and months of work later, here’s what I came up with: