Sunday, January 30, 2005

Map: State Senate

The final map of the 2004 election:

This map bears a passing resemblance to the State Representatives map I posted a few days ago. Not surprising. And once again, nearly a third of these senate districts went uncontested. Inexcusable. There are only thirty-six senate districts in the state; the Republicans abandoned the field in eight of them, the Democrats in five. Minor/third party candidates didn't do so well in senate races either; none of them broke 15%, even in districts where they had only one opponent.

The closest race was in the 7th District, where Republican Sen. John Kissel beat Bill Kiner by a bare 1.64%. No other district was within 2%, and only five districts were won with less than 10% of the vote. Most districts were carried with 20% or more. Only two incumbents--both Republicans--lost.

The Democrats now have a super majority in the Senate, which means that they can override the veto of Governor Rell. The Democrats in the House do not have a super majority.

Once again, my source is the Secratary of the State's office. This time, I am providing the Excel table I used to create the maps, which contains the information for all distrcts. Helpfully, it breaks them down by town, as well. I hope it's useful.


Anonymous said...

How do you make the maps? They are extraordinary.

Genghis Conn said...

Public domain district/town maps, Microsoft Paint and a lot of quality time with election returns.