I just went through and looked at the precinct-by-precinct results for the city of Roanoke in last week’s presidential election.
You might take note of the map I’ve linked with this entry: It’s the 2008, not the 2012, results from the race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.
It’s worth taking a look at it, not just for comparison but because it’s nearly the same map for the 2012 race between President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. Every city precinct — with the lone exception of Williamson Road 1 — voted for the same party in the presidential race that it did in 2008. Williamson Road 1, which flipped, voted for McCain in 2008 and for Obama last week.
Most precinct vote totals didn’t change dramatically, although the margins in most expanded. A few got closer. Perhaps the most notable example of that was the Tinker, which Obama won by only 26 votes in 2008. Last week he again won Tinker — but by an even narrower margin of 15 votes this time.
The rest of the other swing precincts that Dwayne Yancey cited in last week’s “Breaking down the vote in Western Virginia” piece widened, even if only by a bit: John McCain won Raleigh Court No. 4 by 12 votes, versus 42 for Romney; Fishburn Park by 14 votes, versus 98 for Romney; and Williamson Road No. 1 by 23 votes — we actually saw a 78-vote swing there, as Obama won this year by 55 votes.
One other oddity worth noting about Roanoke’s vote totals: Virgil Goode won no more than 30 votes in any of the city precincts — except in Williamson Road 2 where he won 289 votes. If anybody’s got an explanation of why he won so many more votes there than elsewhere, by a factor of 10 in most cases, then please let us know in the comments.
– Mason Adams