The election in numbers

I read with interest the BBC’s article describing the US election in numbers, which itself links to an interesting piece entitled Who Voted for Obama, all figures based on exit polls.

It’s interesting to see that only 43% of white voters backed Barack, compared to 66% of Hispanic/Latino voters and 95% of black voters. So having accounted for the black, Hispanic and Latino vote and assuming proportional representation, Barack would have only needed 40.6% of the vote from the remaining voters (the vast majority being white) to gain over 50% of the overall vote. That’s a powerful place from which to start.

Men and women as segments both voted in favour of Obama, men at 51%, women at 56%.

A total of nine states (17%) changed hands, all from Republican to Democrat. It’s unlikely that this will increase to ten (19%), as at the time of writing, although as yet not declared, Missouri is currently running at 1,442,673 to 1,436,814 in favour of the Republicans (49.5% vs. 49.3%).

While none of the six New England states will have a Republican representative, every one of Oklahoma’s 77 states counties voted Republican.

Tuesday’s election left me overcome with joy, with tears streaming down my face. And it was well worth the mere two and a half hours’ sleep that watching the coverage afforded me. (I retired after McCain’s fabulous concession speech, my eyes not staying open long enough to see Obama’s victory speech live.) I was woken at 6.30am by my daughter who, thanks to Barack Obama on Tuesday and Lewis Hamilton on Sunday, will grow up with two inspirational mixed-race icons to look up to.


2 Responses to “The election in numbers”

  1. Charles on November 8th, 2008 09:15

    I am impressed you used mixed and not black to describe Obama as many others do. Blackness is not a true genetic dominant, but social perception of blackness behaves like a dominant as a cultural or memetic dominant.

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  2. buy used mercedes on November 9th, 2008 03:10

    What are Oklahoma’s 77 states?

    Precincts? Congressional districts?

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