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Apologies to everyone for not posting a diary for a while, I've been distracted. But here is a map of the  2012 Salt Lake County Mayoral election between Democrat Ben McAdams (who is now the County Mayor) and Republican Mark Crockett (a former county councilman), courtesy of McAdam's campaign manager Justin Miller. Overall, McAdams received 54.47% and Crockett received 45.42%. The light blue/red areas are precincts where the winning candidate received 1-10% more than his opponent, and the darker the colors get, the bigger the win. Purple means that it was a tie or near tie. Enjoy!

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

    by Gygaxian on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 03:34:35 PM PST

  •  Thanks For Posting (0+ / 0-)

    I love elections maps.  And frankly, I never really knew how Salt Lake County voted.  

    Why is the far northeast of the county so deeply blue and the southern part of the county so deep red?  Who lives where?

    "The quote on the Statue of Liberty doesn't say 'give me your english-speaking only, Christian-believing, heterosexual masses'

    by unapologeticliberal777 on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 03:51:21 PM PST

    •  Staunchly conservative Mormons live in the south (1+ / 0-)
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      and often the types that have relatives in Utah County (which is absurdly ultraconservative).

      The middle and north (and northeast) has Salt Lake City, it's immediate (and most progressive) suburbs, and the ski resorts where few people live.

      Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

      by Gygaxian on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 05:25:12 PM PST

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  •  Wow (2+ / 0-)
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    Did McAdams win Sandy? It looks like he blew out Crockett in most of the suburbs that were 50-50 in 2008, and he seemed to do respectably even in West Jordan, which voted for McCain by 20 points.

    On the other hand, it appears that McAdams didn't make any inroads in the five most conservative cities in the southern part of the county. Was Crockett from this area?

    An idea I had was that you could map the difference between McAdams' 2012 performance and Obama's 2008 performance. I think it would be interesting to see where McAdams improved on Obama's performance the most and where he hardly improved at all. I would definitely like to see a map like that.

    (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

    by ProudNewEnglander on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 03:54:45 PM PST

    •  Crockett was from County Council District 4 (1+ / 0-)
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      Which seems to be mostly just Holladay, parts of Cottonwood, and the unincorporated areas. Crockett was beaten by Jani Iwamoto in 2008, who herself decided not to go for a second term (she's now running for State Senate District 4). The district is now represented by 2010 Senate candidate Sam Granato, a very moderate type. And it looks like McAdams demolished Crockett in his own district.

      I'm not sure why McAdams did so well in West Jordan; as you said, it's a very conservative area (Matheson did well here as well), presidential vote-wise. I live here, and other than Matheson and McAdams (and the at-large county council member), Dems did badly. It's possible that Crockett's anger management problems hurt him here.

      The southern areas are immensely conservative, since they're either right-winger suburbs or vaguely rural-ish areas. I don't know much about them. Bluffdale and Herriman are somewhat isolated from the rest of the Salt Lake Valley, if I recall correctly.

      In regards to Sandy, checking my handy precinct Excel file (courtesy of the Salt Lake County Republican party, who provided it for free), McAdams won about half of Sandy's 70+ precincts, and only placed below 40% in a couple of them.

      As for mapmaking, I'm not your guy. I'm just taking (with permission) a map someone else made.

      Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

      by Gygaxian on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 04:54:50 PM PST

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  •  How did Crockett campaign? (0+ / 0-)

    Did he try to get Romney's support or was he blindsided by McAdams' campaign strength?

    “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” -The Doctor

    by KingofSpades on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 03:59:25 PM PST

    •  Crockett basically campaigned as Romney-lite (1+ / 0-)
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      He had Romney's endorsement (after the GOP mayoral primary), and campaigned as a job-creating businessman type. Problem for him was that he had a history of anger problems (flipping out at staffers and such), he didn't have the Romney name, he relied on the Romney voters too much, and he wasn't prepared for how good the McAdams campaign was (or how much Romney voters would split their vote for McAdams).

      Really, the credit is due to the McAdams campaign more than anyone else. His main strategist was the aforementioned Justin Miller, a campaign genius who transformed McAdam's wonky ways and earnest "recently returned missionary" persona into a winning campaign strategy. Not only did McAdam's turnout machine target the swingy suburbs and the Hispanic community, but he had billboards all over the valley talking about how he was a "different kind of Democrat", "Eagle Scout, not Eagle Forum", and etc. Very corny, endearing stuff. Oh, and he got the endorsement of 13 of the 17 city mayors in the county. Being a Mormon probably helped too.

      Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

      by Gygaxian on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 05:19:05 PM PST

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  •  BTW, slightly off-topic, but... (0+ / 0-)

    is the Great Salt Lake therapeutic like the Dead Sea (though not to the extent of the Dead Sea, of course)?

    “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” -The Doctor

    by KingofSpades on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 04:05:38 PM PST

  •  Here's a clear difference in coverage of the race (1+ / 0-)
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    Salt Lake Tribune: "Democrats are still in charge" and "McAdams had an early lead and kept it throughout the night".

    Deseret News: "McAdam's 54-45 win is a narrow victory" as is a veteran county councilman's similar win.

    Can you tell which is the conservative paper?

    Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

    by Gygaxian on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 05:31:56 PM PST

    •  Yup. (2+ / 0-)
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      Gygaxian, KingofSpades

      Is the Deseret News owned by the LDS church or something?

      (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

      by ProudNewEnglander on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 05:43:57 PM PST

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      •  It is (1+ / 0-)
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        And not in a subtle way, either. It prints a lot of church talking points (which, as a Mormon, I don't think are all bad all the time, but can get a bit aggravating at times), and is very conservative in any case. It doesn't even usually have lefty counter-opinions either. I love my church, but we should not have a newspaper arm.

        Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

        by Gygaxian on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 05:50:26 PM PST

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  •  Just a heads up (1+ / 0-)
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    I can also post the map of the 2012 results in the Salt Lake County portion of UT-04, if anyone wants that.

    Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

    by Gygaxian on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 11:45:36 AM PST

  •  Dems also held the countywide Council seat: (0+ / 0-)

    https://secure.slco.org/...

    What's the current partisan split of the county government offices?

    “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” -The Doctor

    by KingofSpades on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 05:52:24 PM PST

    •  Well, there's a 5-4 Republican lead on the council (1+ / 0-)
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      But District Attorney and most of the elected county offices are held by Dems. The only exception is County Auditor, held by Republican Greg P Hawkins, who is a pompous jerk who likes to use the power of his office to intimidate. He won by 1% in 2010 against incumbent Democrat Jeff Hatch (no relation to Orrin), and both Hatch and my good friend Chris Stout are running this year against Hawkins.

      Here is Chris Stout's website. He's an actual accountant (Hawkins is not) and is supported by progressives. Stout also ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for Senate in 2010 and was the Democratic nominee for State Treasurer in 2012.

      I can't find Jeff Hatch's website (he might not have one). He's the establishment choice. Hatch is also an accountant, but doesn't have quite as much experience as Stout does. I'll be honest, I'd be a Hatch supporter if Stout wasn't running.

      The office of County Auditor doesn't have that much power, but I'm sure either Hatch or Stout could crack down on the notoriously corrupt pay-day lenders somehow.

      Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

      by Gygaxian on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 11:40:14 PM PST

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      •  What are the prospects for winning the majority (0+ / 0-)

        on the county council?

        “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” -The Doctor

        by KingofSpades on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 05:04:57 PM PST

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