Monday, November 26, 2012
Bartlett said gerrymandering cost him the congressional election but the numbers tell a different story.
Capital News Service Congressman-elect John Delaney won Maryland's 6th District race on Election Day with the support of heavily Democratic Montgomery County, as expected, but a surprising number of Western Maryland voters voted to oust long-time incumbent Roscoe Bartlett, an analysis of the numbers shows. Now, those voters expect Delaney to champion their causes. Delaney campaigned by saying he was determined not to "balkanize the district"—splitting it into subgroups that could be targeted with tailored messages. That strategy appears to have paid off. Though the scant polling of the matchup showed Bartlett and Delaney tied throughout the fall, Delaney's 20-point win revealed the Democrat had more bipartisan appeal than any of Bartlett's…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Chevy Chase voters clearly supported Obama in the 2012 presidential election, but not quite as strongly as they did in 2008.
How did Chevy Chase voting in the 2012 presidential election compare to voting in the 2008 presidential election? In general, voter turnout percentages in Chevy Chase precincts were higher in 2008 than in 2012, and President Obama won by a few more percentage points in 2008 than in 2012. Here are the numbers broken down by precinct (see precinct locations below table), according to the unofficial 2012 results and official 2008 results published on the Montgomery County Board of Elections website: Voting locations: Read more on how Chevy Chase precincts voted on Chevy Chase Patch.
Was it coincidental that the Chevy Chase precinct with the lowest percentage of voter turnout on Election Day 2012 was also the precinct with the most registered voters (and vice versa)?
Should Friendship Heights get another voting precinct? On Election Day 2012, the Chevy Chase precinct with the lowest percentage of voter turnout was precinct 07-26, which votes at the Friendship Heights Village Center. Of that precinct's 4,053 registered voters, only 53.15 percent cast ballots on Election Day (according to unofficial precinct results published on the Montgomery County Board of Elections website), Patch reported last week. But precinct 07-26 is also the largest precinct in Chevy Chase. The average number of registered voters in each of Chevy Chase's nine precincts is 2,425. After Friendship Heights, the next-largest precinct (with respect to the number of registered voters) in Chevy Chase is the precinct that votes at …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The site includes two young commenters from Maryland.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Is voting passé in Chevy Chase?
Is voting passé in Chevy Chase? Voter turnout in Chevy Chase on Election Day was not as good as average voter turnout across the county and state. Of Chevy Chase's 21,823 registered voters, 12,176 of them (55.79 percent) cast ballots on Election Day 2012 (according to unofficial precinct results published on the Montgomery County Board of Elections website). Compare that to the statewide voter turnout average of 69.04 percent, according to unofficial results from the Maryland State Board of Elections. (The unofficial results do not include absentee or provisional ballots.) Montgomery County's Election Day voter turnout—66.13 percent of registered voters—also was less than the statewide average, but still was better than Chevy Chase's …
Chevy Chase voters voted against the gambling referendum by fewer than 50 votes.
Chevy Chase residents went against the grain last week, when they voted—50.20 percent to 49.80 percent—against Question 7, which asked Marylanders if they supported the introduction of table games to the state and the addition of a sixth casino in Prince George's County. Question 7 passed by a narrow margin in Maryland—51.9 percent to 48.1 percent—but six of Chevy Chase's nine precincts voted against the referendum. In all, Chevy Chase voters voted against the referendum by only 47 votes. Strongest support for Question 7 in Chevy Chase was shown by precinct 07-26 (whose voters vote at the Friendship Heights Village Center). The precinct with the greatest percentage of voters voting against Question 7 was precinct 07-21 (voting at the Chevy…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Mayland voters narrowly approved Question 7 last week, but not before a lot of money was spent.
Groups with a stake in Maryland's referendum on expanded gambling spent more than $35 a vote during the 2012 campaign, according to an analysis by WTOP. Unofficial results from the Maryland Board of Elections show that 2,479,262 people cast a vote on Question 7, which asked residents whether they favored the introduction of table games to the state and the addition of a sixth casino in Prince George's County. The measure narrowly passed by a margin of 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent. (Chevy Chase voters mostly voted against the referendum—six of Chevy Chase's nine precincts voted against Question 7.) But before the matter was decided, opponents and supporters undertook enormous advertising efforts to sway voters. Casino operators that stood …
How did your neighborhood vote on Election Day? Check out the precinct results.
Precinct results for Chevy Chase are in, and the numbers are clear: President Obama was by far the favored presidential candidate in 20815. All of Chevy Chase's precincts voted in favor of all of the referendum and constitutional amendment questions on the ballot with the exception of Question 7 (the expanded gambling referendum). Six of Chevy Chase's nine precincts voted against Question 7. Only the precincts voting at the Friendship Heights Village Center (07-26), Rock Creek Forest Elementary School (13-39) and Somerset Elementary School (07-11) voted in favor of the expanded gambling referendum, which passed in Maryland. In comparison, Montgomery County voters voted in favor of all of the county-wide questions, and Maryland voters voted…
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Victors attribute the wins to Democratic Party dominance, among other factors.
Capital News Service A dominant state Democratic Party, a progressive electorate, a national trend toward socially liberal policies and the need for more revenue in tough economic times converged in Maryland to bring passage of same-sex marriage, in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants, expanded gambling and a gerrymandered political map, political observers say. All of Maryland's ballot initiatives passed on election night. "(Gov. Martin) O'Malley and the Democrats have complete control," said Blair Lee, political columnist at The Gazette newspapers. "The only (political) competition and conversation was among Democrats … the Republicans are almost now gone the way of the Whig Party in terms of influence and presence." In Maryland, …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
We hear it all the time: The real estate market in the metro area really picks up after national elections, especially in presidential election years. But is that really true?