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  •  Wow, voter turnout in the Central Valley is horrid (5+ / 0-)

    I think anyone who pays attention to elections knows that California's Central Valley has abysmal voter turnout, since a lot of the Hispanic residents are migrant workers and non-citizens. But I was just drawing some county commissioner districts for California counties (each county has five, except San Francisco, which has eleven). In Central Valley counties like Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kern, the partisanship of the districts is mostly what you'd expect. It roughly scales with the district's Hispanic population: you have some heavily Democratic, very heavily Hispanic districts, some strongly Republican and mostly Anglo districts, and some in the middle of this continuum. But here's the stunning thing: the heavily Hispanic, 70% Democratic districts would cast fewer raw votes for Democrats than the mostly Anglo, 70% Republican districts. In some cases, the numbers weren't even close.

    Perhaps I shouldn't have been so surprised, but I did find the numbers I got to be astonishing. I presume you'd see something similar play out in parts of Texas and Arizona.

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