Proving their mettle for the second Spring election in a row, SHO/Honors kids have delivered a strong victory for the Swamp Party (55%-44%) and an unexpectedly strong performance by Susan Henriques for Treasurer (23%). SHO/Honors kids provided Susan and the Progress Party with the bulk of their 21% showing last year, too.
If we are to believe these results, that is.
10,240 voters, but only 9647 votes for President/VP? 600 non-votes for President is the highest that I know of, it’s usually maybe 100 or 200 at most. The Treasurer’s race was also lower than expected, 9591 votes, but in line with the votes for Pres/VP. Maybe they overstated turnout?
But even then, how can a party with predominantly greek, SHO, and african american support – greek support of which was wavering and fading – whose press coverage was next to zero, gain a 1000 vote lead over the opposition that was gaining in Greek support and had high-profile athletes running?
If you look at Susan’s numbers, too, her support went half/half to Swamp and Unite, which seems to help Swamp more than you’d expect from an Independent candidate. Maybe that is a sign that the typical base of independent parties was actually honors kids, and those voters had moved successfully to Swamp for this election?
Most results for Senate are in line with historical norms, although turnout appeared high in LS despite some very non-LS-constitutency candidates, and the results for Fresh/Soph were more skewed to Swamp than one would expect from a situation with the Greeks split between the parties.
Quite odd, but Lola and Ryan have another week to fight it, and maybe there’ll be an explanation for these odd results (and why Accelerated Data Networks isn’t posting the results on the SG website, as they’ve done in the past).