Three Maps and Several Numbers That Explain the Tuesday Night Primaries

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
May 23 2012 9:28 AM

Three Maps and Several Numbers That Explain the Tuesday Night Primaries

1) The almost-finished map of Arkansas's results, with Obama in green and John Wolfe in blue:

Screen shot 2012-05-23 at 9.46.09 AM

That's 35 counties for Wolfe, who says he spent around $2000. (He hasn't needed to file with the FEC yet.)

2) Total votes for John Wolfe in the Missouri and Arkansas Democratic primaries: 67,566.

A short list of presidential candidates who won fewer votes when they ran:

Rick Perry (54,889)
Chris Dodd (35,284)
Michele Bachmann (29,072)
Orrin Hatch (21,469)

3) If Wolfe spent $2000 in Arkansas, he spent around three-fifths of a penny for every vote.

4) The almost-finished map of Kentucky, with "unfinished" in orange and "uncommitted" in pale blue"

Screen shot 2012-05-23 at 9.45.58 AM

I already shared this last night, but here's a map of coal country.

Screen shot 2012-05-22 at 8.52.18 PM

Obama was weakest in areas that depend on the coal industry. There were other patterns, but none as clear-cut.

5) Mitt Romney's vote total in Arkansas: 102,183. It's his first victory in the deep south, with more votes than President Obama got in his uncontested primary. Overall, more people voted in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Arkansas Democratic primaries than in Republican ones. But those are the last three states where a strong, coal-and-or-Wal-Mart friendly conservative Democratic party, dominated by whites, remains the natural majority party.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

TODAY IN SLATE

Frame Game

Hard Knocks

I was hit by a teacher in an East Texas public school. It taught me nothing.

Chief Justice John Roberts Says $1,000 Can’t Buy Influence in Congress. Looks Like He’s Wrong.

After This Merger, One Company Could Control One-Third of the Planet's Beer Sales

Hidden Messages in Corporate Logos

If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter

Sports Nut

Giving Up on Goodell

How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.

How Can We Investigate Potential Dangers of Fracking Without Being Alarmist?

My Year as an Abortion Doula       

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 16 2014 9:22 AM The Most Populist Campaign of 2014
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 15 2014 7:27 PM Could IUDs Be the Next Great Weapon in the Battle Against Poverty?
  Life
Atlas Obscura
Sept. 16 2014 8:00 AM The Wall Street Bombing: Low-Tech Terrorism in Prohibition-era New York
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 15 2014 11:38 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 4  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Listen."
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2014 9:13 AM Clive James, Terminally Ill, Has Written an Exquisitely Resigned Farewell Poem
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 16 2014 7:36 AM The Inspiration Drought Why our science fiction needs new dreams.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 16 2014 7:30 AM A Galaxy of Tatooines
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.