I was looking over the handy-dandy map (yum! maps!) of primary results, both Democratic and Republican, over at the New York Times. It’s unusual that we get a semi-useful breakdown (since this map is counties, not Congressional districts) of how “blue” the Democratic vote is and how “red” the GOP vote is. Instead of the usual 2 or 3 candidates for the presidential race, you get to see results for over a dozen. A valuable snapshot of who we are here in the state, one we won’t see again for another four years, most likely.
One minor thing I’m pretty intrigued by is the Ron Paul-Mike Huckabee split. I honestly thought Ron Paul was going to do better, keeping in mind how well Ross Perot did in ’92. Did Huckabee snag some voters otherwise inclined to vote for Paul? How much campaign presence did Huckabee have up here?
As for the Democratic side, no results were particularly surprising. (And there was Tompkins County being its special self!) Clinton had a wider margin of victory in New York’s more rural and/or depressed areas. I’d have to say that my previous theory about Obama benefiting from voter-rage, didn’t exactly pan out. Not going to spin that one — I was, as the Fonz used to say, wwwwr-wwwwwrr-wrrrrong.
Obama did quite well, but didn’t quite knock it out of the park. (If Onondaga County had wound up with similar numbers to Monroe County, then I think that would be a sign he did.) One thing I don’t think we’ll ever know, though, is just how much of the Obama vote in New York was an “anything but Hillary” vote. More questions than answers, for me.