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2012 Elections In Maryland. Dan Nataf, Ph.D. Director, Center for the Study of Local Issues Anne Arundel Community College www2.aacc.edu/csli. National Results. National Results. How did the pollsters do? Gallup Tracking Poll – Sept. – Nov. 4.

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2012 elections in maryland

2012 Elections In Maryland

Dan Nataf, Ph.D.

Director, Center for the Study of Local Issues

Anne Arundel Community College

www2.aacc.edu/csli

how did the pollsters do gallup tracking poll sept nov 4
How did the pollsters do?Gallup Tracking Poll – Sept. – Nov. 4

Registered voters – add 3+/- to Romney for likely voters

Oct 11

Oct 3

map of battleground states
Map of Battleground States

NH

Wis

Iowa

Ohio

Nev.

Va.

Colo.

NC

Fl.

exit poll demographics
Exit Poll: Demographics

http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/2012/return_on_investment/

national demographic lessons
National Demographic Lessons
  • Solid Democratic voters: Liberals, African-Americans, Latinos, seculars, single, under 30
  • Lean Democratic: moderates, 30-44, women,
  • Uncertain: Suburban, Catholics
  • Lean Republican: unaffiliated/indep., white, Protestants, married, males, 45-64, 65+
  • Solid Republican: Conservatives, rural
national results election findings
National Results: Election findings
  • Presidential races lean Democratic but without clear hegemony
  • Senate races lean Democratic, but depends on local candidates
  • House – resists Democratic trend due to Republican gerrymandering (based on 2010 state legislative election results)
  • Shifting coalitions – “new emerging Democratic majority” underlies trend
  • Elections close enough – perfect ground game needed to win
lessons for state elections
Lessons for State Elections
  • Democratic hegemony remains unchanging
  • Solid Democratic jurisdictions – Montgomery, PG, Charles, Baltimore City
  • Lean Democratic - Howard, Baltimore County
  • Battleground Counties: Anne Arundel, Kent, Somerset, Wicomico, Dorchester
anne arundel county presidential vote 2008 vs 2012
Anne Arundel County:Presidential Vote: 2008 vs. 2012

Libertarian: ‘08 = .5 ‘12 = 1.4 Green: ’08 = .7 ‘12 = .7 Total: 1.2/2.1

aa county lessons
AA County Lessons
  • County has purple qualities – support some Democratic initiatives (SSM, redistricting) but less so others (Dream, Casinos)
  • Maximum turnout election still results in Democratic electoral minority for top of ticket
  • Local Democratic candidates still need to be cautious about distancing themselves from national and statewide candidates
  • Council districts seem evenly split: Dem: 1, 4, 6; Rep: 3,5, 7. Battleground district is 2
aac demographic lessons
AAC: Demographic Lessons
  • Solid Democratic voters: Liberals, Blacks (except SSM), Jews, $0-50k, seculars, single, under 30
  • Lean Democratic: moderates, 31-40, women, $150-250k
  • Uncertain: some college, BA, PostGrad work, 61-70
  • Lean Republican: unaffiliated, HS Diploma, $50-150k, >$250k, white, Protestants, Catholic, married, males, 41-60, 71+
  • Solid Republican: Conservatives, 2 year degree, Other Christians, White Evangelicals
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