Kenton over at 750 Volts gets another A+, this time for his Lieutenant Governor primary mapping project.
First, he's created a map (2005 Democratic Lieutenant Governor Primary) showing the top Democratic Lt. Gov vote-getters in each Virginia county highlighted by relative strength. It's a fascinating map with surprising results in some areas - strength for Viola Baskerville throughout central Virginia down to the North Carolina border, a southwest Virginia sweep for Phil Puckett, a sprinkling of counties and cities won outright by Chap Petersen, over 50% strength for Byrne in vote-rich NoVA, and a veritable rainbow in the southeast corner/Tidewater region.
If you haven't memorized all counties in Virginia, our own Jim E-H linked to this useful Virginia county map from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Of course, what a geographical representation alone doesn't show is where the votes are, relatively speaking.
Kenton's map for Bolling v. Connaughton is even more dramatic, showing clearly that Connaughton only had very strong support in a few scattered counties. And note the strength of support for Byrne in beyond-the-beltway NoVA vs. strength for Bolling. Given how vote-rich NoVA is, this is one good sign for us.
UPDATE: Jim E-H in the comments writes this caveat much more effectively than I did:
One of the important things to keep in mind with these maps, as with the famous red-vs.-blue maps from the November election, is that counties are not equal in population. Square miles don't vote, people do.