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Posted at 2:54 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Red vs. Blue States over 88 years

By Melissa Bell

David Sparks, a PhD candidate, took county election results for the past 88 years of presidential elections and plotted them on a map. The end result is this minute-long video that shows the gradual changes of party lines along geographical areas. It's stunning to watch the solidarity of the country during Franklin Roosevelt's run. The pockets of red in a sea of blue in the 2008 election that demarcate Phoenix and Salt Lake City are fascinating. And the change from a blue South to a red South and a East vs. West divide to a coast vs. middle divide is also stunning.

(Thanks to TPM's David Kurtz.)

By Melissa Bell  | November 22, 2010; 2:54 PM ET
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