Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections
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Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections
Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections
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Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections is a web site that provides tables, graphs, and maps for presidential (1789-present), senatorial (1990 and onwards), and gubernatorial (1990 and onwards) elections. Data include candidates, parties, popular and electoral vote totals, and voter turnout. County-level data is available for many years, and all data are compiled from official sources. Leip's Atlas has been cited as a "preferred source for election results" by statistician and political pundit Nate Silver.[1]


The web site was created by electrical engineer David Leip (born 1970) from Massachusetts. Leip began the Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections as a hobby after the 1992 presidential election, while he was attending graduate school at MIT. The site was significantly amended in 1997, beginning with data from the 1996 presidential election, acquiring information from the United States Secretary of State offices who published election data on-line from 1996 onwards. The site was originally hosted by MIT, but moved to its own URL, uselectionatlas.org in 1998. A part of the website is the Atlas Forum, a debate chamber on US and international elections and politics as well as electoral mapmaking.

Despite the general media playing Democrats as Blue and Republicans as Red, the Atlas website uses blue for Republicans and red for Democrats.


PolitiFact.com has referred the web site as "indispensable",[2] while The Washington Post describes it as "great-if-not-super-modern" and notes that "perhaps more interestingly, it lets us figure out which voters actually mattered -- that is, the votes cast before and after a candidate clinched the nomination."[3]

The site has been used a reference for U.S. election and political data by major media outlets including U.S. News & World Report,[4]The Atlantic,[5]The Wall Street Journal,[6]Roll Call,[7]CBS News,[8][9]Politico,[10] and Men's Health .[11]


  1. ^ Silver, Nate (September 25, 2014). "How FiveThirtyEight Calculates Pollster Ratings". FiveThirtyEight.com. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Jacobson, Louis (December 4, 2016). "Mike Pence says Donald Trump won most counties by a Republican since Ronald Reagan". PolitiFact.com. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Bump, Philip (February 5, 2015). "This is how few Americans are deciding who our presidential nominees are". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ Barone, Michael (April 2, 2008). "In Terms of Geography, Obama Appeals to Academics and Clinton Appeals to Jacksonians". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Kron, Josh (November 30, 2012). "Red State, Blue City: How the Urban-Rural Divide Is Splitting America". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ Taranto, James (July 20, 2015). "Perot Forma". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Superdelegates Look Down, Look Up for Assistance". Roll Call. March 25, 2008. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ Barone, Michael (May 9, 2008). "Clinton And Obama's Super Tuesday In Indiana And North Carolina". CBS News.com. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ Barone, Michael (November 17, 2008). "Obama's Organization Delivered Impressive Results Against McCain". CBS News.com. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ Wren, Adam (December 4, 2015). "Trump County, USA". Politico. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ Nichols, Michelle (September 15, 2008). "Raleigh the most political U.S. city: magazine". Rueters.com. Retrieved 2015.

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