No the typesetters here are not drunk, nor do I think any of the linotronic machines at any of the major paperswere were running late last night to update today's stories. With the precognition we know our media friends are capable of, all of today's stories were written last week, or could have been. Still, it looks like Josh Wander is coming in close to 5,000 votes total
. I can't see the detail results yet, but that is going to be a record low. Not even close to any potential runner-up. Granted it comes in what appears to be the lowest total turnout general election in the city in more than a century. The last general election in 2009 has around 52 thousand votes cast in total. Does not appear 2013 is anywhere close to that. Also it's been pointed out that Cosetti's percentage results way back when were possibly lower, but remember he was a Democrat until hours (or was it minutes?) before the filing deadline, so you could argue against his Republican cred. No mistaking that Wander was running as a Republican.
I mean, Joe Weinroth likely received more than 3 times as many votes as Josh not very long ago. Bankrupt and foreclosed upon, living on a friend's couch, Harry Fost received 3 times as many votes. Ok, that is gratuitous, but you get the point.
Anyways... an updated and longer history of note:
By the way. Who can blame Rand Paul from cribbing off of Wikipedia. All that data before 2001 comes from what the Wiki gnomes have put into individual Wikipedia pages for each past city of Pittsburgh election which I had never seen before. Someone has been busy. Kudos.
Look at that trend however. Lots of political history embedded in that. The long term trend is clear, but it sure looks like the Flaherty era is when Republicans really gave up the ghost on city elections.