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@abulsme tweets from 2014-05-17 (UTC)

  • Listening – Common Sense with Dan Carlin: Show 274 – The Wages of Fear http://t.co/7yJ9Y8ld4T 01:04:04
  • Another Little Test 07:52:02
  • More Test 08:22:57
  • Poll Added: Election1988 in IA from 1988-11-08 – DEM 54.71% to REP 44.50% http://t.co/waQAbomXUn 08:29:32
  • Cool. That worked. :-) I’ll turn it off for backfilling old elections though and leave it on for actual new polls. More to come. 08:31:12
  • Mo Test 08:44:40
  • Clinton vs Huckabee tipping point change: Clinton by 3.8 in NC -> Clinton by 3.5 in CO http://t.co/IListlzdAV 09:42:39
  • Uh, not true, just testing stuff. RT @abulsme: Clinton vs Huckabee tipping point change: Clinton by 3.8 in NC -> Clinton by 3.5 in CO 09:57:18
  • Clinton vs Huckabee tipping point change: Clinton by 3.5 in CO -> Clinton by 3.8 in NC http://t.co/IListlzdAV 11:53:28
  • Right again, but calc still off. :-( RT @abulsme: Clinton vs Huckabee tipping point change: Clinton by 3.5 in CO -> Clinton by 3.8 in NC 11:59:12
  • Think I finally licked the bug I found on the historical trend calcs that showed up with Huckabee. Maybe I should go to sleep now. :-) 12:31:08
  • I can’t find 1998 Pres election results for Nebraska by congressional district. I’m going to have to estimate it from county data. :-/ 13:00:25
  • Finished putting in 1988 election data into my thing. My goal was back to 1984, but I now think I’ll go back to 1980. http://t.co/7bmWxsD6jH 20:21:21
  • MT @BYUfan: 1790! MT @abulsme: Finished putting in 1988 election data. I now think I’ll go back to 1980. http://t.co/7bmWxsD6jH 21:34:01
  • MT @BYUfan: (Correction) 1788! MT @abulsme: Finished putting in 1988 election data. I think I’ll go back to 1980. http://t.co/GzLr4WFuje 21:34:48
  • .@BYUfan I think I’ll leave everything before 1980 to this guy: http://t.co/XUu9Y5EuJs Amazing resource! in reply to BYUfan 21:36:19
  • .@BYUfan Of course, he started his site before everybody standardized on Rep=Red, Dem=Blue, so he has it the other way! Confusing! :-) in reply to BYUfan 21:37:59
  • Added category label to the mouse over on the poll average line. http://t.co/7bmWxsD6jH 21:39:16
  • Next up I may actually tackle the new graphs I want to make using the trend histories. Unless I procrastinate by typing in 1984 data. :-) 21:40:16

2 comments to @abulsme tweets from 2014-05-17 (UTC)

  • Ruth M Brandon

    The early guy has red and blue reversed???? Makes sense – in cold war days nobody, especially Republicans, wanted to be considered “red.” “Better dead than red” was a common saying then – anti-communism times.

  • If you haven’t read about the history of how this got standardized this way, Wikipedia’s article has some of the info:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_states_and_blue_states

    Basically before 2000 it was all over the place with different news organizations using different colors in different elections. The standardization happened in the aftermath of the 2000 election, when because of the long time between the election and the final result being declared people were looking at these maps every day, all the time. Over the course of that Red for Republican, Blue for Democrat somehow “won” and then got engrained in the national consciousness, so by the time we got to Obama talking about “Red States and Blue States” in his convention speech in 2004, anybody who used any other set of colors was just inviting confusion.

    So it looks like this color scheme is going to stick for awhile now… :-)

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