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Monday, July 13, 2009

John Deeth Blog: Obama: top percentage ever in Johnson County

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

Barack Obama fell just short of my personal goal of 70 percent in
Johnson County -- 69.91 to be exact. It rounds up, so I'll take it.
Obama broke the LBJ 1964 mark of 68.08 percent--but was it the best
presidential result ever in the People's Republic? The answer, I've
found, is a qualified yes. You can really only compare results back to
1920. For one thing, before that, only men were allowed to vote. For
another, those men weren't voting for president. Iowa listed the
individual electors on the ballot, and you had to cast a separate vote
on each elector. (Alabama did it that way as late as 1960.) Tickets
got split, intentionally or accidentally. Woodrow Wilson's 13
candidates for elector in 1916 won between 3,623 and 3,650 votes in
Johnson County.


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