Admittedly late to the primary election analysis party, I noticed an interesting, albeit predictable, pattern in primary election voting. Years ago, political consultant Bob Gogerty described the counties wrapping around Puget Sound as a J-shaped Pugetopolis that often share political viewpoints. Voters in these counties frequently vote for or against the same candidates and ballot measures. The East-West divide, enhanced. There it is again, with some exceptions, the J-shaped region around Puget Sound in statewide tallies of votes for governor from the Aug. 7 primary. And, with some adjustments and explanations, also in the attorney general’s race.
Keep in mind, primary results do not necessarily predict general election tallies. The November electorate can be quite different from the one that shows up in August. Also, the maps do not account for the fact that a Democrat named Rob — Rob — Hill collected 3 percent of the statewide vote and Republican conservative Shahram Hadian picked up 3 percent of the tally. These voters have to go somewhere.
In the attorney general’s race, a conservative Republican, Stephen Pidgeon, somewhat skews the numbers in the contest between Republican Reagan Dunn and Democrat Bob Ferguson. Pidgeon got 10 percent of the primary vote. Those voters presumably go to Dunn in the general, making this a close contest.
Question of the day: What do you think of Mitt Romney’s selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate? Good, bad, bold, strategic? Almost everyone has a reaction, so share in the comments section below.
The Stranger has an interesting piece about the two Democratic finalists in the 36th Legislative District race on the topic of the Sodo arena. Noel Frame took a jab or two at Gael Tarleton, port commissioner, who has been questioning the proposed basketball arena. Publicola reports Tarleton fired back swiftly and decisively.
The primary is behind us, so now it is onward to the general election. Join the Politics Northwest team Monday at noon for a live chat on Initiative 502, the pot legalization and regulation measure. With us that day will be Alison Holcomb. Here’s her bio:
Alison Holcomb is Drug Policy Director for the ACLU of Washington, currently on loan to direct the I-502 campaign. Before joining the ACLU, she litigated criminal defense and civil asset forfeiture cases in state and federal courts for more than a decade. She is a former vice-president of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has served on the King County Bar Association’s Drug Policy Project, and the Seattle City Council’s Marijuana Policy Review Panel and Jail Capacity Study Advisory Group.
Also joining us will be Kevin Sabet. Here’s his bio:
Kevin Sabet is the former senior adviser to Director Kerlikowske of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He is currently an assistant professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida and a senior consultant to the UN and grassroots organizations. He received his doctorate in public policy from Oxford University.
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