Who will win midterm elections? You can Google it.
Mapping app puts four analysts' projections into visual form, with updates
- By Kevin McCaney
- Sep 27, 2010
If you want to know which way the political winds are blowing in your congressional district or state — or anywhere else across the country — you can get a quick glance at Google's 2010 U.S. Elections Ratings page.
Launched last week, the site offers an interactive map that compiles the latest projections on the Nov. 2 elections from four independent political analysis organizations: CQ-Roll Call, the Cook Political Report, RealClearPolitics and Rothenberg Political Report.
Visitors can get projections on House, Senate and gubernatorial races around the country from each of the four organizations . Not all of the four have projections for every race, but most seem to. Click on the 3rd House District in West Virginia, for instance, and you’ll see projections from all four, ranging from Like Dem to Currently Safe Dem. The state’s adjacent 2nd District, however, has only three analysts reporting, though all project a Safe or Solid Republican win.
With a click, visitors can get projections on Senate and gubernatorial races. Even without clicking or zooming in on a particular race, visitors can get a quick, color-coded view of how races are going by states or congressional district. Races going Democratic carry a shade of blue — darker is more certain — Republican strongholds are in red or pink, and toss-ups, such as Senate race in Colorado, are in yellow.
The map is updated whenever one of the analysts changes a projection in a race.
“Election ratings is an incredibly imprecise science, but it’s the closest thing we have to a decent analysis of how things look,” Jesse Friedman, told Government Technology. “What we find fascinating is if you click on a given state or district, you’ll see wildly different predictions from even the most trusted sources.”
Note: This story was updated at (9:10 a.m. Sept. 28 to fix the link to Google's map.
Kevin McCaney is a former editor of Defense Systems and GCN.