Using the Interactive Electoral Map: Features and Tips

If you have used 270toWin in the past, you may have noticed that we've changed the electoral map. On this page, we discuss why the change was necessary, and provide a link to the original map should you still wish to use it. For the best experience with the 2016 and historical interactive maps, we recommend a browser other than Internet Explorer.

General: Choose a Starting View or select any state to begin creating your personal 2016 election forecast. States will rotate between the active colors (see 'Color Rotation', below). The electoral counter above the map will adjust as you go along. The arrows adjacent to the counter will turn blue or red if either party/candidate has reached 270 electoral votes. The Reset Map button will clear your map and return you to the default starting view. 

Color Rotation: More colors are now available to create more granular forecasts. Use the Map Options icon below the map to choose 3 (safe, toss-up); 5 (safe, leaning, toss-up) or 7 (safe, likely, leaning, toss-up) colors.  

Candidate Names: Customize your map to reflect specific 2016 match-ups. Select a party (or name) above the electoral counter to choose from a list of active declared candidates for each party's nomination. 

Share: Let people see your 2016 forecast by selecting the Share Map button. You can then share the map via social media or email.

Embed: Display your map on any web page. Select Share Map and then choose the Embed button.

Save: If you are working on the home page (no map id in the URL), and cookies are enabled on your device, your map should be as you leave it the next time you return to that page. Another option is to select the Share Map button, which will create a permanent URL of your map at that point in time.

Split Maine and Nebraska: See the area near Florida for more information.

Road to 270: This feature interacts with your map and will let you game out each party's plausible paths to 270 electoral votes. It also lets you see any possible electoral college ties.

Past Elections: If you want to review presidential election history, start at our historical elections page or see them all on one page with the historical timeline. If you'd like to change it, we now have interactive historical presidential election maps.





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