These sites provide interesting perspectives on the election results
(2) This graph shows the same pattern, an increase in Democrat’s vote in almost all States, but from another perspective.
(3) To see how far we have come since 1967: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner“, Frank Rich, op-ed in the New York Times, 2 November 2008.
(4) Looking at State legislatures (critical for redistricting), the Democratic Party says they have majorities in 70 of the nation’s 98 partisan chambers, up from 57 (MT and TX still undecided). Here and here are an interactive graphics.
At press time, only seven states have split legislative control: AL, IN, KY, OH, MI, PA, and VA. Democrats control 27 state legislatures, and Republicans have 14. At the time of this release, MT is undecided because control in the House remains up in the air. NB’s Legislature is nonpartisan and unicameral. Factoring in the results of the 11 governor races held this year, Democrats control all of state government in 17 states, Republicans have eight and 24 states have divided government. (source).
(5) To see the demographics of the election — and how this probably signals an almost irreversible shift in political dominance to the Democratic Party: “The Pluralist Coalition Manifests“, Chris Bowers, posted at Open Left, 4 November 2008.