I have been working on making available and easily viewable election data from the primary on April 26, 2016, and I believe I am finally at a point where it is ready. My goal is to make each competitive race easily digestible, giving the totals but also breaking out the results by municipality, ward (where applicable), electoral district, and by neighborhood for any election applicable to Pittsburgh. You may notice data from a smattering of municipalities in Westmoreland county, plus Peters Township in Washington county, and these are the rationales behind which races I show and for which municipalities:
This website is intended to be focused primarily on the 37th Pennsylvania Senatorial District, and most discussions and comments will usually be confined to the district and the communities within it. However, the district is, with one exception, composed entirely of municipalities within Allegheny County, and much of what happens elsewhere within Allegheny County, especially Pittsburgh, affects the county as a whole. I have therefore included data for all communities within all Senatorial Districts that are composed of, in whole or in part, municipalities in Allegheny County. These include the 37th, 38th, 42nd, 43rd, and 45th districts. Outside of Allegheny County, the 37th district includes only Peters Township, and the 45th district includes eight communities in Westmoreland County: the Cities of Lower Burrell, Arnold, and New Kensington, the Boroughs of Hyde Park, West Leechburg, Vandergrift, and East Vandergrift, and Allegheny Township.
It may be an unusual hobby, but I enjoy accumulating and analyzing data as it can tell you a lot about a given community or area and can also lead to some oddities, such as:
- Ben Avon Heights had the highest turnout out of all the communities covered, but it also the only one to not vote for the winner in either Presidential primary, voting for Sanders and Kasich.
- Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, and Marco Rubio each managed to win at least one electoral district each, but that is only because each of those districts had so few Republicans that they each received the sole vote cast within that district:
- Bush won Pittsburgh’s Ward 13, District 9 (Homewood), and Pittsburgh’s Ward 26, District 5 (Northview Heights)
- Carson won Pittsburgh’s Ward 5, District 12 (Hill District)
- Rubio won Pittsburgh’s Ward 12, District 10 (Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar)
- Additionally, a single Write-In candidate won the following districts in the Republican Presidential primary:
- Pittsburgh’s Ward 5, District 3 (Hill District)
- Pittsburgh’s Ward 13, District 6 (Homewood)
- There were several districts that did not record a single Republican vote in the primary at all, with at least one in Duquesne, McKeesport, Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, and West Mifflin
- John Rafferty won every single municipality in the Republican primary for Attorney General, except for two low-vote communities where he tied (Braddock and Trafford) and one that he lost. The one municipality that he lost to his opponent, Joe Peters was, indeed, Peters Township. Peters won Peters!. This makes me wonder how many of the voters in these primaries knew or cared about who they were voting for, as I am guessing that Peters appealed to the residents of Peters because Peters was named Peters. Washington County does not provide turnout data, so I unfortunately cannot see if the turnout for that election was higher than it was for other municipalities.
- Congressional, Senatorial, and Assembly districts are composed almost primarily of municipalities, and where those municipalities are split, the split follows the borders or electoral districts, with only one exception I can find. For whatever reason, the 14th Congressional district includes a very small piece of Whitehall’s electoral district 1. This, to me, seems inexplicable since Congressional districts are, by far, the largest of the electoral districts in Pennsylvania, including roughly 700,000 people in each. Given the large size, I cannot see why it was important to include those few blocks of Whitehall in the 14th instead of the 18th Congressional district given that the population is trivial compared to the overall population of each district. See the image below – the blue line is the Congressional district border while the black line is the border between Whitehall and Brentwood.