The Minnesota '08 Obama vote

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If you're still stuck on the Presidential or House elections from 2008, more details on each state's vote breakdown are coming out and painting some interesting pictures of our country's voting patterns and our excitement for racial equality.

So Minnesota as a whole voted for the first black president in the United States. But what does that really mean?

For a district break down of voting for both the U.S. House and Presidential race, check out the CQ Politics interactive map (via). Rep. Erik Paulsen's win in Minnesota's 3rd District was one of only 34 in the country to split their vote between a Republican House member and Barack Obama.

As county-level data became available, analysts started to created maps that appeared to show practically a whole country behind a black president, minus the classics down South. Minnesota looks wonderfully blue, but we didn't seem to love Obama more than we loved John Kerry in 2004.

FiveThirtyEight thought these maps looked a little fishy as people claimed our country was finally able to elect the first black president. Not so fast. When we take out the fact that Obama got 96 percent of the black vote and a large portion of the minority vote, a view of white Americans doesn't look so accepting of Obama.

When FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver broke down the white vote by income level, Minnesota's vote looked slightly different. A majority of whites who made more than $75,000 in Minnesota voted for John McCain. When you factor in all state residents, McCain only won with people making more than $150,000.

While our state isn't drastically different when you look at just the white vote, other states are more shocking. Check out all of the maps here.

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