I doubt if there are many readers of this blog don’t know the outcome of last night Ward 2 election, but here it is again: Physician Ed Shadid won 62 percent of the vote, easily outpacing senior bank officer Charlie Swinton.
With all 39 precincts reporting, Shadid won 3,134 votes (62.41%) to Swinton’s 1,888 votes (37.59%). That’s a difference of 1,246 votes in Shadid’s favor.
That’s a pretty impressive turn-around victory for someone who trailed Swinton by about 8 percentage points, or 342 votes, in the March 1 primary Ward 2 election with six candidates.
Comparing the numbers, here’s a few other things I noticed:
- In the March 1 primary, 4,215 Ward 2 residents voted, about 11 percent of those registered, compared to 5,022 , about 13 percent of those registered, on Tuesday.
- In the primary, 951 people voted for for a candidate other than Shadid or Swinton.
- On Tuesday, Swinton only received 85 more votes than he did in the primary: 1,803 (March 1) to 1,888 (Tuesday).
- Shadid more than doubled his vote total from March 1 to Tuesday night: 1,461 (March 1) to 3,134 (Tuesday).
Just looking at the numbers I would guess of the people that voted for someone other than Shadid or Swinton on March 1 or didn’t vote in the primary most voted for Shadid on Tuesday.