I’ve decided to follow up to my recent Close Races post. My last chart in that post was a dot plot, and the lines were dark enough to detract from the plotted points (below left). I’ve lightened the lines (below right) to reduce this effect, while keeping the lines to help viewers trace the series. The lighter lines seem to help a bit. I’ve also replaced the teal/cyan (hard to view”) with a plum shade for Clinton.
This is an effective display of the election results, though it is difficult to compare vote totals in close races. Some readers (for example, Close Races post would have preferred to see not the totals for both candidates, but instead a simple summary plot showing the margin of victory by the winner.) of my earlier post in this blog and of Kaiser’s original
I’m not sure, but I think I prefer the version with both candidates’ vote totals. The difference-only chart has the advantage that it need not be as large as the two-sided chart. I’ve flipped the Clinton votes so both candidates’ winning margins are plotted to the right, in different colors, and I’ve shrunk the plot area in half: