Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Election Math

My nephew was asked to do a news report about Barack Obama in October. Another classmate did the same on John McCain. Shortly after the election, he said: "I did a report on Obama and he won -he had a lot more votes than McCain!" I seized this teachable moment to discuss the electoral vote, the popular vote, and the math behind each. In fact, I showed him CNN's Election Results Map. You can use this interactive map to look at ratios, proportions and percentages of the electoral vote, the popular vote, and votes by party and state.