NOLA Blue

Not so hot off the wires from my boy Kevin Allman:

While President Barack Obama was soundly thumped statewide by GOP
challenger Mitt Romney in yesterday’s election — Romney received 57.8
percent of Louisiana’s presidential vote, while Obama got only 40.6
percent —the numbers in Orleans Parish told a story of a deep blue dot in a deep red state.

Obama received 80.3 percent of the vote in Orleans, while Romney took only 17.8 percent, according to next-day statistics from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website.

That percentage bested Obama’s showing in some of the country’s most
liberal West Coast regions. Multnomah County, Oregon (Portland), went
for Obama with 75.6 percent of the vote; King County, Washington
(Seattle) managed 68.5 percent; and the County of Los Angeles scored
69.3 percent of the vote for the president.

Of the big West Coast cities, only San Francisco, where Obama received 83 percent of the vote, scored higher than Orleans for Obama.

Is it any wonder why we’re the stepchild of Louisiana? I do, however, enjoy being pared with my *other* hometown. It also gives me an excuse to revive Adrastos’ obsession with the Jayhawks:

2 thoughts on “NOLA Blue

  1. MichaelF says:

    I was pleasantly surprised to see Obama also take EBR Parish, but checked and saw he also won it in 2008, both times 52-48 percent.
    My precinct was true blue, though the Libertarians picked up a dozen votes there and even Virgil Goode grabbed three…and I think I might know who one of them was (guy with a very sturdy fence, large dogs…and I’d possibly bet “yes” on a “firearms in the house?” query).

  2. MapleStreet says:

    Having lived in GA, SC, and MO I’m well used to the blue urban dot in a red state (Including gerrymandering districts to either increase or decrease the influence of the blue dots on the overall vote of a district. Also the inherrent we vs they feelings of urban vs rural).
    I’ve lived in both urban areas and rural areas. In my experience the two come from such different viewpoints that it is hard for me to even think of them being able to talk to each other. Each are convinced the other is getting something that they aren’t. Which I really find odd as how both of them depend so heavily on each other. For example, the rural ag communities need the cities to serve as a central point of commerce (Imagine if each farmer had to individually sell each head of cattle – what would they do? Go on ebay?).

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