Monday, November 12, 2012

Romney got 0 votes in 59 Philadelphia divisions

The Philadelphia Inquirer on a remarkable 19,605-0 win for Barack Obama in some portions of the city.

It's one thing for a Democratic presidential candidate to dominate a Democratic city like Philadelphia, but check out this head-spinning figure: In 59 voting divisions in the city, Mitt Romney received not one vote. Zero. Zilch.

.... Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia who has studied African American precincts, said he had occasionally seen 100 percent of the vote go for the Democratic candidate. Chicago and Atlanta each had precincts that registered no votes for Republican Sen. John McCain in 2008.

"I'd be surprised if there weren't a handful of precincts that didn't cast a vote for Romney," he said. But the number of zero precincts in Philadelphia deserves examination, Sabato added.

"Not a single vote for Romney or even an error? That's worth looking into," he said.

A 19,605-0 win is big but not 100% surprising. There were a few surveys this year showing Romney in the 0% range with blacks, although he managed about 6%, nationally.