Tuesday, November 05, 2013
So here is a quick look at the total vote counts for all the Republican candidates for mayor in the city of Pittsburgh since 1969. The older data is all cribbed from Wikipedia. Of note is that huge total one John Tabor received in 1969, likely more than the total vote count today, and certainly more than would be needed to win today for sure. But, can Josh Wander keep from winning the prize as the lowest total ever recorded in the modern era for a major party candidate? The low is technically Joe Cosetti, who was unfortunately caught up in the monumental slugfest between Foerster and Caligiuri. Carmine is right behind though. I'd call the Mendoza line around 12 thousand votes. If Wander comes close he will surely set another record for the lowest expenditure per vote captured. His whole campaign likely cost less than what was spent on his airfare getting back from Russia. He missed a great photo op for sure today.