Friday, December 26, 2014

Inside the Dem party vote

The first of two ballots to endorse a Democratic Party candidate to run against Gov. Corbett showed some fun and interesting numbers.

Inside the Dem party vote

The fun-filled Democratic State Committee meeting in Hershey over the weekend produced -- in addition to a nasty spat between Jonathan Saidel and Rob McCord -- some mildly interesting results when it came to voting.

After fighting over whether to have an endorsement vote (as party rules call for) or not, the county-by-county results on the first of two ballots included a few eyebrow-raisers.

For example, "frontrunner" Allyson Schwartz got only about half the votes McCord got. He led six party-nominated contenders with 146 votes; Schwartz got 75.

(Tom Wolf was third with 52. John Hanger got 22. Katie McGinty got 19. Jo Ellen Litz got none. And Max Myers did not have his name put into nomination.)

But among southeastern counties -- homebase to Schwartz, McCord and McGinty -- Schwartz got nearly double McCord's take: she got 65 votes (driven by 49 from Philadelphia) and he got 36 votes.

She got more in Montco. He got more in Chester and Bucks. They tied in Delaware. McGinty drew goose eggs.

A couple counties abstained. Juniata (pronounced Junie-AT-uh) didn't vote. I assume this was due to lingering anger over having been called Juan-EAT-uh County by Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Lynn Yeakel way back in 1992.

And Union County didn't vote, probably because "union" never seems to really fit anything the Democratic Party does.

Tom Wolf swept the "W" counties of Washington, Wayne and Westmoreland, getting all their votes, no doubt due to alphabet allegiance.

And Litz, although a four-term comissioner in Lebanon County, got no votes from Lebanon County.

There were 319 votes cast. To secure party endorsement, 209 votes were needed. So noboby went home with the, um, "prize."

There was a second ballot that didn't much change things, but at least took a long time. It all reminded me of the way the Legislature works.




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