Nov 10, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from Philly.com: Some Philadelphia neighborhoods outdid themselves in Tuesday’s presidential election.
In a city where President Obama received more than 85 percent of the votes, in some places he received almost every one. In 13 Philadelphia wards, Obama received 99 percent of the vote or more.
Those wards, many with large African American populations, also swung heavily for Obama over John McCain in 2008. But the difficult economy seemed destined to dampen that enthusiasm four years later.
Randall Miller, a history professor at St. Joseph’s University, said politicians almost never get 99 percent of the votes anywhere except, perhaps, the towns where they were born.
He said the Democratic voter turnout effort deserved credit for the president’s success.
“Ninety-nine percent is extraordinary, and it shows discipline as much as anything else,” he said.
Philadelphia’s numbers were tilted so far in favor of Obama that one incredulous Republican revived the specter of voter fraud.
House Speaker Sam Smith, musing over “staggering” turnout in some city precincts and reacting to wrong information that “90 percent of the precincts in Philadelphia County turned out over 90 percent of voters,” called the ability to get such numbers “questionable.”
State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D. Phila.) responded swiftly. He said Philadelphians came out to vote because they were tired of the “hard-right” Republican agenda.
“If they believe there was a corruption of the process, then go to court and challenge it. Show the people of Pennsylvania,” Hughes said. “Beyond that, shut up.”