Map of the Day: The 2008 Michigan Battlefield

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Feb. 27 2012 2:55 PM

Map of the Day: The 2008 Michigan Battlefield

ROYAL OAK, Mich. -- As you turn your Oscar ballot over and write your Michigan Primary Predicto-Graf, here's an item that'll help out. It's USElectionAtlas's map of the 2008 Michigan GOP race, by congressional district.

Screen shot 2012-02-27 at 2.47.18 PM

Delegates are assigned proportionately in Michigan. The winner of the state gets all at-large delegates, and the winners in each congressional district get their claims on local delegates. In 2008, John McCain only won two districts, in bright-red southwest Michigan and in the conservative Democratic terrain of northern Michigan. (That district was represented by Bart Stupak until 2010.) Rick Santorum's hopes for a delegate win rest on a much stronger performance in western Michigan, where both John McCain and Mike Huckabee ran stronger than they ran statewide. His hope for an overall win: Eat into the Romney margin in metro Detroit. In 2008 Romney won Oakland and Macomb counties by 20 points, and Wayne County by 18.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

The Irritating Confidante

John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.

My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee

Medical Examiner

Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?

Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?

Technology

Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

The World’s Human Rights Violators Are Signatories on the World’s Human Rights Treaties

How Punctual Are Germans?

  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 22 2014 12:44 AM We Need More Ben Bradlees His relationship with John F. Kennedy shows what’s missing from today’s Washington journalism.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
  Life
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 3:03 PM Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 21 2014 1:02 PM Where Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains. A weird-looking cartogram of Slate Plus memberships by state.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2014 9:42 PM The All The President’s Men Scene That Perfectly Captured Ben Bradlee’s Genius
  Technology
Technology
Oct. 21 2014 11:44 PM Driving in Circles The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.