1. Dave Anderson says

    Got all 12 — which says 2 things:

    1) I need to get out of the house more often.
    2) It pays to know both 3rd parties and state admittance dates to narrow the choice set down.

    • Keith B says

      Also got all twelve. In addition to 3rd parties and state admittance, it also helps to know that the South was solidly Democratic until 1960. (Except for the Dixiecrats in 1948, I guess.) That immediately excludes a lot of possible choices.

    • Warren Terra says

      I got 405; I missed at least one because I thought Hawaii and Alaska joined the union a bit earlier than they did. Being able to toss out half the options because you realize which states had joined the union by the year in question is a huge help.

      • Byomtov says

        If you were an old guy like me you’d remember when it happened, including some discussion at the time as to how the stars on the flag should be reconfigured.

  2. matt w says

    Well now I feel all dumb about my 405. The admission dates are certainly a huge help, as is the RNG helpfully tossing me six of the ten elections I’ve been alive for, including the unmistakable 1984. Thing I feel dumb about: not realizing that the Republican was going to sweep the South in 1868.

    I respect that they just randomize everything instead of going tricksy, but it’s pretty easy to guess that Barry Goldwater isn’t involved in a race when Arizona hasn’t been admitted to the Union yet.

  3. max says

    The first time I got 360 (the map they used for 1860 didn’t look like any map I was used to) and since they randomize it, this time I got 495.

    ['Obama on the phone in a few minutes.']

    • Byomtov says

      So’s O’Bama’s. That’s why the birthers haven’t found the real one. They’ve been looking in Kenya. Hah.

  4. says

    May I give my 450 electoral votes to Jill Stein? :-)

    I missed the first one, and then went 11 for 11. I thought the first one was Al Smith since I knew it was lopsided…Wrong. It was 1912, damn those third parties…Oops. I mean, love those third parties.

    And yes, my 450 electoral votes go to Obama if I’m in a swing state or any state where he’s not up by at least 10 points right now.

  5. Not St. Ronald says

    I got 495, so Slate called me Reagan. I wrote to them and asked them to take that insult back.

  6. Don K says

    I guess I’m a real Prez election geek/nerd; I did it 3 times and got 540/495/540. It does help to know: 1) 3rd parties, 2) date of admittance of various states, and 3) when the south flipped from D to R (or R to D in the case of the 1870s).

    • Keith Humphreys says

      Mike — that was my score the first try also. The tip here about state entry (and noticing that Hawaii and Alaska appeared on some maps and not others) was what I needed to advance into Reaganesque territory.

      • Warren Terra says

        Version 2.0 of the game really has to either have the options for a given map chosen only from those elections in which the union was comprised of the same states, or it has to exclude from the display any states not yet admitted to the union in any of the options available.