2008 Election Maps

Most media outlets covering the 2008 US Presidential Election used the familar red/blue map to track the progress of the race as results from the polls rolled in Tueday evening. Here are several of those maps, in some ways as similar to each other as they are varied. (Note: Some of these aren't the final maps...I wanted to get screenshots before the sites started moving things around too much.)
 

NY Times

New York Times - Nice big clean map, the consensus best map of the 2008 election.

CNN

CNN

Fox News

Fox News - Fox is never subtle.

538

FiveThirtyEight.com - These guys are all about the data. No fancying up the maps.

ABC News (Australia)

ABC News (Australia)

ABC News

ABC News

AP

AP - Many sites were using AP's graphics, including C-SPAN.

BBC

BBC

BBC Proportional

BBC - The BBC map had an option to toggle to see the area of the states in proportion to their electoral votes.

CBS News

CBS News - Looks like CBS ran out of room and squashed the US into a narrow column.

Color Your Own

Color Your Own Map - A Flickr user made a map you could print out and color in with crayons or colored pencils as the results came in.

Crikey

Crikey - A definite outlier and favorite.

Daily Kos

Daily Kos - An unpolished effort.

El Mundo

El Mundo - "Obama cambia el color de la Historia".

Google

Google - Functional but not pretty, just like everything else Google does.

Guardian

Guardian - No electoral totals on the map...they had those pulled out into a separate graphic. Also, "Alaska, Hawaii, not to scale". Helpful!

LA Times

LA Times - Nice and clean like the NY Times.

MSNBC

MSNBC - Nice lite blue to pink gradient!

NPR / NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

NPR / NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Politico

Politico - I do believe that's Silkscreen.

Pollster

Pollster - Overbearing yellow.

Talking Points Memo

Talking Points Memo - They're using Google's map here, but with slightly different shades of red and blue.

USA Today

USA Today - This map proudly carries on the USA Today's tradition of cramming it in there.

Washington Post

Washington Post - Featuring a very smiley Obama and grumpy McCain. I wonder if those photos varied with the current results...

WSJ

Wall Street Journal - Nice stipple portraits of the candidates.

Yahoo

Yahoo

Mark Newman

Mark Newman - While not a realtime election returns map, Newman's maps provide a more accurate geographical look at how people voted. Also, purple!

Dry Erase

Dry erase map - Awesome!

Wikipedia

Wikipedia - Check out how the map changed throughout the night. This is the only map on the list that's in the public domain...d/l it and put it up on your site if you'd like.

Der Spiegel

Der Spiegel

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Neue Zurcher Nachrichten

Neue Zurcher Zeitung - Orange and teal...those are almost different than red and blue.

Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Stern

Stern

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

The Onion

The Onion - This isn't a realtime results map either but it's The Onion so I had to include it.

AOL

AOL

Cyberpresse

Cyberpresse - Lots of whitespace here. Not sure that's a good thing.

El Pais

El Pais

Electoral-vote.com

Electoral-vote.com

Irish Times

Irish Times

Salon

Salon - There's a lot more to this map that I couldn't include in the screenshot, including illustrations of the candidates.

Washington Post

Washington Post - Another one from the Post showing margin of victory by county.

NY Times

NY TimesA county-by-county map from the Times.

NY Times

NY Times - A really interesting voting shifts map. Most of the country shifted Democratic, except for Alaska (Palin's home state), Arizona (John McCain's home state), and those parts of the South without a relatively large black population (racism?).

Corriere Della Sera

Corriere Della Sera

El Tiempo

El Tiempo

La Repubblica

La Repubblica

Le Monde

Le Monde

TVN24

TVN24