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Youngstown, suburbs sealed Obama’s big victory



Published: Sun, November 11, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Republican Mitt Romney failed to win one voting precinct in Youngstown and Austintown, and he captured only two of Boardman’s 47 precincts on his way to a 27.7-percentage-point defeat in Mahoning County.

An analysis by The Vindicator of raw precinct-by-precinct results in the county, a traditional Democratic stronghold, shows Youngstown provided 30.5 percent of President Barack Obama’s 74,346 votes in the county.

In 2008, Obama picked up 79,173 voters in the county. Overall, 128,914 of the county’s 178,270 registered voters cast ballots that year.

With the county’s population decline, there were 170,079 registered voters this year with 119,171 people casting votes in this election.

In the city, Obama, the incumbent Democrat, beat Romney 85.5 percent to 13.8 percent. The rest went to others on the ballot.

Obama won 63.1 percent of the vote in the county on his way to winning Ohio, a key battleground state, and the presidential election.

“We did more with less,” said county Democratic Party Chairman David Betras. “We had less [voters] go to the polls than in 2008, but we had a bigger plurality for the president and a higher voter percentage than in 2008. We did better in a very difficult political climate than four years ago. We focused on the strong Democratic areas of the county and got out the vote.”

Obama was exceptionally popular with voters in Youngstown, winning all 77 of the city’s precincts.

In the city’s 2nd Ward, Precinct H, on the East Side, Obama received 306 votes to 1 for Romney. Richard Duncan, an independent from Aurora who only had his name on the Ohio ballot for president, outperformed Romney in 2-H. Duncan, who received 0.23 of a percent of the statewide vote, received two votes in Youngstown 2-H.

The same precinct in 2008 gave Obama 280 votes compared with two votes for Republican John McCain. Ralph Nader, an independent who received 0.74 of a percent in the 2008 election, matched McCain in Youngstown 2-H with two votes.

In addition to 2-H, there were 12 other voter precincts in Youngstown in which Romney failed to get at least 10 votes.

Some of the results are brutal.

In Youngstown’s 1st Ward, Precinct B on the East Side, Obama beat Romney 451 to 4.

In that same precinct four years ago, Obama beat McCain 436 to 3.

“We took whatever assets we had and poured it into the city,” Betras said.

The Romney beat-downs were all over Youngstown.

He lost to Obama 295 to 3 in the 3rd Ward’s Precinct E on the North Side. Romney lost to Obama 303 to 8 in the 5th Ward’s Precinct M on the West Side, and 342 to 7 in the 6th Ward’s Precinct C on the South Side.

That wasn’t unexpected, said Bill Binning, Youngstown State University political science department chairman emeritus and a former county Republican Party chairman.

When Ronald Reagan ran in 1980 as a Republican in an election he easily won, he received no votes in a few Youngstown precincts, Binning said.

The closest Romney got in Youngstown was in Ward 5, Precinct B in Cornersburg. He got 36 percent of the vote there.

“We can safely say, ‘Youngstown is a Democratic city,’” said Paul Sracic, YSU’s political science department chairman. “Also, Mahoning County is remarkably consistent. The voter percentage for Democrats is about the same. Mahoning County voted the way it always does. Ohio is changing. Hamilton County is turning blue, and south of Mahoning County is turning red. There are changes throughout the state, except in northeast Ohio.”

Also, Romney failed to win a single precinct of the 40 in Austintown and won only 2 of Boardman’s 47 precincts. McCain had the same results in 2008, except there were 3 more precincts in Austintown and 4 more in Boardman four years ago.

“We wanted to keep Boardman kind of close, but I don’t think it was a complete surprise” Romney lost, said county Republican Party Chairman Mark Munroe.

Obama beat Romney by 4,215 in Boardman, 13,065 for Obama to 8,850 for Romney.

Obama swept all precincts in Struthers, Campbell, Coitsville, Jackson, Milton, Lowellville, New Middletown, Washingtonville and Craig Beach [the latter two only have one precinct each].

Obama won 10 of Poland Township’s 16 precincts, and won the township vote 3,977 to 3,734. He won 3 of Sebring’s four precincts, and the village’s vote 911 to 821.

Obama also won two of Poland village’s three precincts and the village by a vote of 806 to 799. In 2008, McCain beat Obama in the village by 22 votes.

“Poland Village and Canfield used to be reliable Republican areas,” Binning said. “Now it looks like it’s only Canfield.”

Canfield Township was good to Romney. He won seven of eight precincts and got 2,855 votes to 2,063 for Obama.

Romney won 7 of 10 precincts in the city of Canfield with Obama winning two and a 235-235 tie in the city’s Precinct 2.

But several of the results from Canfield city were close, and Romney only captured 52.9 percent of the city’s vote, beating Obama 2,456 to 2,167.

“We were hoping to do better in Canfield,” Munroe said.

As McCain did in 2008, Romney won in rural areas of the county with smaller populations than the cities and large suburbs such as Austintown and Boardman.

Romney won Beaver, Beloit, Goshen, Green, Smith and Springfield. He also won in Berlin, but only by two votes, 563 to 561; and in Ellsworth by 20 votes, 633 to 613.


Comments

1slappysmith(55 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

its comforting to know that there are intelligent voters in the mahoning valley, not just these pea brained ignoramus buffoons that post their right wing nonsense on every single political article the vindicator publishes.

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2lee(544 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Standard lib form, call people names when he doesn't even know them

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3chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Cuyahoga County sealed Obama's win. Mahoning Couty was merely the icing oin the cake

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4NoBS(1940 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

The question is, will this area's actions gain us anything? Will we receive even a small favor from the Prez? Or will we once again be taken for granted?

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5JJ(28 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Small favor? nothing owed nothing gained, see pre-election favors...GM bailout and NAMI ($60M) R&D facility in downtown YTOWN!

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6rhcpfan28(2 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

So is that why you voted for Obama? So that the valley gets some small favor?

That is as pathetic as the politicians who give out millions in federal contracts in exchange for a $5000 political donation. Selling one's soul for a few bucks. Shameful. But the Saul Alinksy's of the world knew that they could succeed in gaining the votes of the ignorant masses for peanuts.

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7olddude(201 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Dems claim election was rich vs poor or haves vs have-nots.. Looks to me like it was rural vs urban, young vs old, and conservative vs freebies..

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8cambridge(3013 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Early returns just in from Florida (five days after the election), Obama wins. Say what you want about the valley but at least they know how to count.

romney lost because he doesn't know how to run a campaign with a 400 million dollar bankroll, so he had no chance at knowing how to run the country.

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9Silence_Dogood(1348 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Its comforting to know that there are intelligent voters in the mahoning valley, not just those pea brained ignoramus buffoons that post their LEFT wing nonsense on every single political article the vindicator publishes.

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10southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I am happy it is all over and now the armchair experts can comment...ha ha.

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11isaac45(272 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

just as i said here before the election as the dominant righties here predicted victory just like their fellow national pundits, they are unrepresentative of their home, their state, and their country...hell, they are unrepresentative of the world and the entire universe

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12olddude(201 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

True that Romney couldnt run a campaign with a whole bunch of cash but the election was bought and paid for thru retirement bailouts, food stamps,healthcare for those who wont pay for it and class warfare..

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13LtMacGowan(643 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Now we can all hope the GOP tears itself apart and implodes and the Democrats retake the house in 2014 so we can start really getting some legislation moving.

Obamacare is a good first step but its not the last step. We must keep pushing until we have a universal single payer system where all americans are covered and have access to the top quality healthcare equipment.

Im sure a few people will cry and post false data about how it takes 10 months to get a MRI in Canada, well you know what before I joined the Army I hadn't been to the doctor in years! I couldn't get a MRI ever because I didn't have $3,000 cash to pay for it. Even if I have to wait 2-3 months to get a MRI its better than NEVER getting one.

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14rumppy(107 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

toycannon,olddude,nobs, first of all he the president has not taken the valley for granted. Can't get enough of all your negative comments. Sore losers. Time for you all to get a life. Get over it. You lost. Your party, Romney was and is out of touch with society. Can you all see the majority has spoken. Go to bed, cry, wipe your tears, drank your cup of coffee and start all over again but this time join us. Don't let your racism.hatred, cloud your judgment.

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15olddude(201 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Rumpy,
Sore loser, maybe,..I think we all lost in this election... Get a life... Have a pretty good one without anything for free or havnt earned.... I built it..Mitt was out of touch and Rep. party has to change..I didnt cry, I do drink coffee. Not racist..Dont hate and my judgement is sound and im tellin you, if you dont think that the largest problems we have are not DEBT AND ENTITLEMENTS,your head is in the sand .. I have no reason to believe that President Obama will address these, given his first four years in office..
My granddaughter is in middle school in the Ohio county with the lowest unemployment rate in the State.. They had a schoolwide vote for President.. Results were
Romney..476
Obama...75
I have optimism for the future

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16paulydel(1296 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

It just goes to show you can't fix stupid. So much for wanting honest politicians and wanting to pay less taxes.

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17HonestAbe(274 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Romney might have had a chance if he was "allowed" to be the moderate I think he really is. Instead, the Tea Party crazies pushed him too far to the right. Romney couldn't be all things to all people...the liberal who once believed in pro-choice and Romneycare (the forerunner to Obamacare), the moderate, or the far right neocon. In addition, he made a series of huge gaffes...the 47% tape, binders full of women, his disastrous foreign trip this summer. He never quite got his act together. As long as the GOP continues the hard right turn they've taken for the past 20 years, I think they will continue to lose elections. You can't keep saying you want smaller government, but you want to government rules that eliminate abortion and forbid gay marriage. You can't keep pretending that global warning/climate change doesn't exist. You can't keep ignoring the fact that women earn 70 cents on the dollar...or that affordable health care really is a right of all Americans. See, you think liberals want everything for free, and you're wrong about that. Liberals don't want handouts, but equal opportunity and a fair shot at the American dream. The bottom line? This was a huge victory for the 99%...and an epic fail for the GOP. And if you don't move toward the center, you'll lose the House in 2014 and the presidency again in 2016. It's not your father's Republican party anymore, fellas.

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18Rooster(78 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

People are voting state and national, like they used to do local. They vote for what going to be given to them. That used to be your local vote. State and National votes were more economy and foreign policy. Democrats figured out something important, and that is that they can make the national vote just like the local vote - campaign on what voters want to have given to them. Tax the other guy - give me the benefits. Works local, now it works national. Even states like California had a special vote - did folks want to tighten their belt or did they want to raise taxes? Voted to raise taxes, because most of them getting the goods aren't affected at all by raised taxes. Doesn't get any more local than Youngstown's tax rate - sure raise the taxes, give us those tax breaks, that free garbage pickup, etc., etc.., raising taxes doesn't affect the beneficiaries. These country's following downtown Youngstown vote trends to raise the taxes on the other guy and run off business, but give benefits to the voter who isn't paying for any of it.

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19Rooster(78 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

People are voting state and national, like they used to do local. They vote for what going to be given to them. That used to be your local vote. State and National votes were more economy and foreign policy. Democrats figured out something important, and that is that they can make the national vote just like the local vote - campaign on what voters want to have given to them. Tax the other guy - give me the benefits. Works local, now it works national. Even states like California had a special vote - did folks want to tighten their belt or did they want to raise taxes? Voted to raise taxes, because most of them getting the goods aren't affected at all by raised taxes. Doesn't get any more local than Youngstown's tax rate - sure raise the taxes, give us those property tax breaks, that free garbage pickup, etc., etc.., raising taxes doesn't affect the beneficiaries voting for it. This country's following downtown Youngstown vote trends - raise the taxes on the other guy and run off business, but give benefits to the voter who isn't paying for any of it. Let's make the whole country just like downtown Youngstown raising city income tax rates on any workers who haven't gotten out yet.

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20youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Buried in all the exit polls are that WHITE millenials (age 18-29) broke for Romney 51-44. There is hope in this country.

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21fd6636(255 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

like it or not snobs, you ARE part of the 47%ers!! welcome aboard!

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22NachoCheese(163 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

It is sad to see after all of these years there remain so many blind sheep in the valley. You reap what you sow, and Youngstown/Warren and the union mentality continue to sow faulty seeds in the valley and continue to reap nothing. You must feel pretty good about yourselves to brag that you helped such a poor candidate win, and how unwilling much of the valley is to even think on their own or evaluate ANY other choices other than the mantra of the unions and a few political hacks that just keep feeding you the same BS year after year. You guys should just break off form Ohio and form your own state: Youngstown/Warren/Akron/Cleveland - set up your utopian world that you love so much and go live in it so the rest of Ohio can get on a path to success without you dragging the state down.

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23uselesseater(229 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

@isaac45:

"they are unrepresentative of their home, their state, and their country"

That's rubbish.

A majority in the voting instance of electing Obama to his second term, again is a majority of a SMALL minority.

There were 121.7 million votes cast in the presidential election that went to Obama and Romney.

So 38.5% of the US population voted for either candidate. Of this 38.5%, 50.6% voted for Obama.

MEANING: 19.48% of the US population voted for Obama. Is 19.48% of anything a majority? Ever?

The other 80.51% of the population didn't vote for Obama.

If you want something else to chomp on, look at the US awash in voting Republican red:
[see: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/...

select: County results on the left and look at the US awash in RED.

Clearly, the country is divided amongst all sorts of lines. Clear that city freeloaders continue to vote the D line. You could run Mao, Stalin and Hitler on the ticket and folks would just vote straight D.

Yep, inner city Youngstown voting totals surely overlap on mooch factor and race which heavily votes Obama, cause he's one of us and he gives free stuff out (or so they think).

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