Google lets you track your flight, order a package, peer into your neighbor’s house, find anyone and become an expert on just about anything. And now a new feature on the search agent extraordinaire will allow you to become an armchair political pundit too.
Six weeks ahead of the 2010 midterm elections that could reshape Congress, Google has waded into politics, launching a new elections rating website that combines the forecasts of several top pollsters and media organizations.
The main feature of the site is an interactive map that allows users to click any state or Congressional district and find out which party is projected to win November races for the Senate, House or governor’s seat. The map uses shading to indicate a party’s likelihood of winning the state or district.
A company representative unveiled the new site in a blog post on Tuesday. The gadget joins Google’s Election Center and the ‘You Choose 2010’ political toolkit on YouTube in the search engine’s efforts to be part of the political process.
Google has made the site into a one-stop shop for users by aggregating data from big names in politics like Cook, Rothenberg, CQ-Roll Call and RealClearPolitics and put all their ratings in the same place, on the map. Political die-hards can also embed the map as a gadget and put it on their own website.
The data will be refreshed daily through the November elections.