Twitter mapmaker @Mill226 recently created a set of county-by-county maps to chart the best showings of third party and independent presidential candidates over the past half-century. He’s graciously allowing us to republish some of his maps here on IPR. If you find these kinds of visualizations interesting, you should definitely follow him on Twitter.
Today we’re highlighting some new maps that focus exclusively on the 2016 presidential election, with 2 versions of the map.
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The first map highlights which third party or independent candidates finished finished best by county nationwide. As you can see, Gary Johnson dominates on this map with a few urban counties going to Green Jill Stein and a block of counties with heavy Mormon population who supported independent Evan McMullin.
Note that the above map it’s highlighting who “finished third” in every case, as there were a handful of counties where McMullin or Johnson tied or beat one of the major party candidates.
As you might expect, removing Gary Johnson from the map results in a much more colorful mixture, with a whole lot more green (Stein) and blue (McMullin):
One note about both of these maps is that it’s limited to actual declared candidates. NOTA in Nevada would appear dominant in Nevada on the map below, and write-in votes for Bernie Sanders would actually have put him ahead of Gary Johnson and all other third party candidates in Vermont.
If you like these maps, follow @Mill226 on Twitter for more…
Pretty clean divide in Alaska if you take out Gary Johnson; the north/west parts of the state favor Darrell Castle (Constitution Party), the south/east parts liked Jill Stein (Green).
"Rocky" de la Fuente places 4th in the small (for Alaska) Bristol Bay Borough (light orange): pic.twitter.com/m1rU6NC29l
— Mill✨🤝 (@Mill226) January 1, 2022