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Thursday, November 08, 2007

John Deeth Blog: Iowa City Takes Progressive Turn

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

It's been lost in the excitement of the 21 Bar vote, but last night
the Iowa City Council took a definite progressive turn. Matt Hayek is
clearly several steps to the left of the retired Bob Elliott, and
progressive Mike Wright is a sea change from the defeated Dee
Vanderhoef. Hayek won virtually by acclimation, carrying every single
precinct. The interesting story is massive undervoting -- that's
electionese for skipping a race -- especially in the student-heavy, 21
bar motivated absentee vote. Despite the No On 21/Hayek/Terry Smith
campus campaign, Wright came out of the absentees with less than a 200
vote deficit to Smith, and easily made that up at the polls to beat
Smith by about 500.

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