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Candidate Times

Very interesting analysis of how much exposure the various candidates got in the debates. Well worth the read:

Graphing Debate Time by Candidate
(Charles Franklin, Political Arithmetik)

A brief break from polls to comment on graphics and politics. Today’s New York Times has an op-ed by NBC’s political director Chuck Todd and a graphic designed by Nicholas Felton. The text and graphic are here. The text describes the data (quite completely– an unusual but welcome touch!) noting that candidates are stratified by time in rough line with their poll standing and that debates played a part in both the rise of Mike Huckabee and the slippage of Hillary Clinton.

When what we want to compare are magnitudes, rather than shares of a whole, the data are more clearly presented as distances rather than areas. It is easy to compare which distances are longer than others, and relatively difficult to see differences between the areas of pie slices, especially when the slices are not adjacent to each other.

So let’s look at the same data in a different format and see what we can see.

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