Wednesday, May 24, 2006

What election?

So its been a week since the Harrisburg meltdown, which means the public interest is abating. Below are some quick and dirty maps of last weeks primary results for some of the contested state house races. Note that this is not a Rorschach test:

District 20
Percentage Purcell
Percentage Banahasky
Percentage Walko

District 21
Percentage Bennington
Percentage Pistella

District 24
Percentage Gainey
Percentage Preston
Percentage Anderson

District 25
Percentage O'Donell
Percentage Markosek

District 35
Percentage Gergely
Percentage Matta

District 39
Percentage Rhoderick
Percentage Levdansky

District 38
Percentage Jabbour
Percentage Kortz
Percentage Ruffing


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff!

I'd be interested in seeing a map of voter turnout. In my district, Pittsburgh's 8th Ward, 11th district, turnout was only 2/3rds of what I expected, approximately 1/2 of presidential election turnout, and less than 25 percent of registered Democrats voted.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually 11 percent less than 25 percent. 387 registered Democrats, 55 voted.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 8:07:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

voter turnout is a funny stat because it's very selective who actually registers in the first place. I prefer voter participation, which is the percentage of the voting age population (not just those registered) who vote. So it's worse than you think. For Ward 8 Dist 11 the voting age population was 779. The 65 total votes cast (dem and rep) would make it a voter participation rate of 8.3%.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 8:40:00 PM  
Blogger John said...

That's a hell of a class divide in the Bennington-Pistella race (though not a surprising one). If you've done any socioeconomic analysis of how these races worked, I'd be very interested in it. Veon vs. Paisley (in Beaver County) would be interesting, too.

Friday, May 26, 2006 5:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's also a hell of a gerrymandered district.

Saturday, May 27, 2006 9:07:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

... as are they all.
Have not done much with Beaver Cnty ever so I may not have much there. as for the Bennington-Pistella race. I could correlate with income or something but it seems more that Pistella just didn't campaign much at all and was probably outspent by large measure. He actually did pretty well considering. Walko had a lot more money going in and seemed to campaign harder, yet wound up with 42.78% compared to Pistella's 42.12%.

Saturday, May 27, 2006 11:31:00 AM  

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