The 2009 Pittsburgh Primary…A One-Party Town’s Dismal Turnout!
The Tuesday, May 19th Primary Election is now history…the voters have spoken…the pundits are pontificating…and what have we learned? Answer…not much that we didn’t already know!
The Democrats…with a 6 to 1 voter registration advantage in the city of
What else did we learn? Mr. Ravenstahl won the Mayoralty Primary Election with just 25.9% of the city Democrats voting. One of the city’s political pundits called the turnout pathetic and embarrassing. If the Democrat vote was disappointing, think of the Republicans…with only a 17.8% primary turnout!
Interesting to note; Ravenstahl’s campaign spent $661,000, which turns out to be about $25 for each voter who turned out! All of this is a sad commentary on politics in
Is it ever going to change? Are we committed to a one-party profile in
With the Republican Party virtually dormant in
Getting back to the mayor’s Democratic primary race, We dad the incumbent Ravenstahl and two challengers – Patrick Dowd and Carmen Robinson. Ravenstahl picked up 59% of the votes in the three-way race.
There is legitimate competition in several of the judicial elections and that will all play out in the fall. This will show if there’s a spark in the otherwise moribund Republican Party.
Meanwhile, it seems evident that we will continue to have a one-party reign in
...whether we like it or not!
Robert W. Dickey
Broadcast: May 29, 30, 31, 2009
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