CNN Election Center provides vast election resources

By DEBORA RUBI

The CNN Election Center contains great insight into the midterm elections, from the most general information to the most specific details.

Beyond the depth of information found in the pages to be analyzed later, CNN is also great in the way in which it presents its information. There a is a very simple banner at the top showing the final numbers for both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, showing which party leads each. Under that, there is a national map showing whether states have gone blue or red (Democratic or Republican), according to all the races (Senate, House, and governors).

Furthermore, there is an option to analyze the results by state. So we’ll look at the California races — since it includes every kind of election possible during the midterms (governor, Congress, and ballot measures — such as Proposition 19).

Clicking on the state, one can find the result of all races with the winner and final percentages presented. For some, all the precincts have not been counted, but winners have been projected. The party of each candidate is projected. Some elections have been marked as “Races to Watch” nationally.

Many of the races, and all of the “Races to Watch,” include county results, maps, and exit polls. The site also provides many statistics involved in Proposition 19 in California since it garnered so much national attention.

The county section divides the statistics into how each county voted. Interestingly while the election was close, few counties actually voted a majority yes for legalizing marijuana in the state. The map there, dividing the counties on the map according to how they voted, shows a clear division between the liberal coastal states and the conservative central and northern counties.

More interesting statistics can be found using the Exit Poll link. While there is no specific exit poll for the proposition, a quick look at the gubernatorial election exit poll allows us to find new intricate details to the elections.  The exit poll divides voters by sex, race, income, party allegiance, education, and more.

All this information is not only important in reporting this specific election, but also looking into further stories. Why are demographics between the coast and central/northern region so different? Why do certain demographics (divided by various variables) more likely to vote a certain way?

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