King County Elections has released precinct-level results for the November election and the dataset for the mayor’s race shows just how much Mike McGinn needed Capitol Hill for his 7,190 vote victory.
Nowhere else in the city did such a large population throw its support so solidly behind McGinn.
Here’s the color guide for the maps showing where Mcginn’s support was strongest — and weakest — across the city and on Capitol Hill.
Only the students of UW and pockets in Ballard and south Seattle rivaled Capitol Hill in their approval of McGinn as the city’s next mayor.
The Hill was not entirely McGinn’s. Precincts in the north of Capitol Hill around Volunteer Park fell to Mallahan. But the south held firm and went big for McGinn. The Mayor-elect took at least 60% of the vote in every precinct south of Aloha. Nowhere on Capitol Hill will you find the dark blue strongholds Mallahan scratched out in tony communities like Broadmoor, Seward Park and Magnolia.
For comparison, here are the results from the precinct mapping we pulled together following Barack Obama’s 2008 victory. If you were worried that your friends in north Capitol Hill were closet conservatives, even the precincts where Obama support was weakest clocked in at 80% support for the Democrat.
Final note of appreciation here to John Wyble at WinPower and Publicola for pointing us to the map file used to create this report. We normally have to crunch this stuff ourselves so it’s nice to have help. You can get a copy of the Google Earth file used to make the McGinn victory map here.