The Morning After The Revolution?
UF’s Orange and Blue Party must be feeling in fall 2008 what we in the Students Unite Now Party felt in fall 2000, or Acess Party felt in Spring 2004. Wait… those were all presidential election years. Hehe.
But, no seriously. Blockbuster turnout exceeding 10,400 students… in a fall election. “The one that doesn’t count”! Such turnout is almost unheard of even in a spring election, much less the snooze-fest that is the fall campaign.
And as Christian pointed out on his page, the O&B achieved this turnout without a dime of help from the Greek community and its allies in the student organization establishment. Granted, they did get an assist from the real presidential election, and from the bizarre incident where thousands of Alligator newspapers went missing because they posted an anti-SG-corruption report.
But this is tremendous news. I’ll be able to do a better analysis once I get the actual vote totals, but for now, the historic comparisons…
12/47 seats is the second best performance in a fall election by the GDIs… ever. In 2000, with a split in the Greek community, SUN won 13/40 thanks to Districts C and D. In 1998, they won 8 with seats from on-campus and District C. And in 2005, Impact won pieces of on-campus and District D (like O&B has done today, but just not as well).
O&B split District D for only the 3rd time in recent history. In 2000, SUN won 9/13; in 2005, Impact won 4/13. So O&B’s 5 seats is the second best showing for District D GDIs in history.
District E is a tie between an Independent and a GDI. I expect FBK to elect the Independent if he shows up for the first Senate meeting on the fall senators, just to stick it to the GDIs. But this is the first time since the mid-90s that the GDI not only fielded a candidate for the miscellaneous district, but pushed FBK into 3rd place.
There are 13 on-campus seats, including the vacant Family Housing spot. O&B won 7 to Gator’s 5. This is perhaps the first time ever – I’d have to double check – that the GDIs actually won a majority of the on-campus seats. Vision won 3/7 in 1997 and 1998, I believe Impact won 2 in 2005, and I believe Hume (and Tolbert before that) has been a reliable if lonely outpost otherwise thanks to the honors kids.
All around tremendous news. Now the hard part – laying down the ground work for a serious campaign for the top spots in the Spring. You guys can do it, and you’re proving you don’t even necessarily need rebellious parts of the SG establishment to do it.