Can A Bird Fly With Only A Right Wing?!
Motivated by the current (2011) political climate in Wisconsin it seems reasonable to devote some time and effort to comment on issues and some of the hyperbole. So we in the public should do what we can to help focus "journalists" on delineating real facts versus spin. If you accept the spin you do not understand the policy implications.
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2010: Governor Walker was elected by only ~26% of the Voting age population of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Voter Turnout 11/2010 49.56% 2,160,832 VAP 4,330,695 (Source: Wi GAB)
Wisconsin Voter Turnout 11/2008 69.20% 2,996,869 VAP ~4,370,000 (Source: Wi GAB)
Approximate Difference in ~20% 836,000
(Subtract Falloff ~ matches population growth)
Assume 2008 as Actual Voter Base for Major Parties
(allows imputation of voting falloff by party from 2008 to 2010)
Total Falloff -806360
Walker Votes 2010 1,128,941
McCain Votes 2008 1,262,393 (Wikipedia)
Falloff 11% -133,452
Barrett Votes 2010 1,004,303 (Wikipedia)
Obama Votes 2008 1,677,211
Falloff 40% -672,908
Walker's 2010 Win - Voter Margin 124,638
In summary, Governor Walker was elected by a very, very slim margin of 124,638 votes,less than 5.8% of the votes cast. Governor Walker was elected by only ~26% of the Voting age population of Wisconsin.
This assumes that voter preference was not wildly different from 2010 than it was in 2008. If Barrett had a Falloff of just 11% he easily would have been Governor by a margin of ~363,177 votes
VAP - Voting Age Population
GAB - Governmental Accountabily Board
Key Voting Information
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