Mark Twain popularized the saying that there are "lies, damn lies, and statistics." In Chicago, and by extrapolation Cook County and Illinois, there were truths, damn truths and stunning statistics on Nov. 8.One party rule in Crook County , Illinois.
The most fundamental truth is that when a candidate such as Hillary Clinton wins Chicago 907,920-134,792, a margin of 773,128 votes, Illinois is gone. There is no way for a Republican to counteract that vote margin in the Collar Counties and Downstate. Clinton won the state by 859,319 votes, with Chicago supplying 90 percent of that margin.
Chicago may be a "sanctuary city," but Republicans are vanishing quicker than illegal aliens. Wait a minute, are any "undocumenteds" vanishing? Mitt Romney got 148,181 votes in Chicago in 2012, while Donald Trump got 134,792 votes, a paltry 12.4 percent and a diminution of 13,389 votes, on Nov. 8. Trump won a majority in 25, or 1.2 percent, of Chicago's 2,116 precincts, four in the 41st Ward and two in the 38th Ward on the Northwest Side and 13 in the 19th Ward, four in the 23rd Ward and two in the 13th Ward on the Southwest Side. Trump averaged an anemic 63 votes per precinct. Bruce Rauner averaged 64 votes in 2014, but Pat Quinn got 407,107 fewer votes than Clinton did.
On that trajectory, by 2028 or soon thereafter, the Republican vote may fall under 5 percent countywide and Republicans would lose their ballot line.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Russ Stewart on Cook County Elections : by 2028 or soon thereafter, the Republican vote may fall under 5 percent countywide and Republicans would lose their ballot line.
Russ Stewart reports:
Posted by Steve Bartin at 3:21 PM