There exists a 1,000 vote data error in the official and final election results for Indiana United States Representative District 9 as published by the Indiana Secretary of State. The error is in the vote total for Libertarian candidate Ralph Mike Frey in Johnson County. The total tabulated by the Indiana Secretary of State of 1,930 votes is actually only 930 votes as confirmed by the Johnson County Clerk. The Johnson County report, General Election November 4, 2014 Summary Report, is final and official and deemed the accurate count. The 2014 U.S. House dataset has been updated with the correction.
The 2014 General Election official gubernatorial results published by the Iowa Secretary of State include a significant error in Union County, where 2,224 votes were not included in the statewide tally (52% of the total votes in Union County). Published results from the Union County Auditor show the correct figures. The table below compares the two:
Union County, IA 2014 General Election Result for Governor
|Candidate||IA SoS Result||Union County Result||Difference|
|Terry Bradstad (R)||1,388||2,690||-1,302|
|Jack Hatch (D)||560||1,407||-847|
|Lee Deakins Hieb (L)||68||105||-37|
Interestingly, other statewide offices are correct, only the race for Governor is in error. The corrected data have been updated in the Atlas database (Union County Gubernatorial Result page).
The 2014 General Election result map for Governor in the state of Wisconsin tabulated by Municipality is complete (shown at right). The contest was between incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic candidate Mary Burke (results page). The final statewide percentages are almost an exact repeat of the 2010 contest between Scott Walker and Tom Barrett (results page). The 2014 result was Walker over Burke 52.26% to 46.59% and the 2010 result was Walker over Barrett 52.25% to 46.48%!
At the county and municipality level, the results are quite similar as well. Walker wins 1,508 municipalities with an average margin of 272 votes (median margin of 93 votes) to Burke’s 381 with an average margin of 715 votes and a median margin of 41 votes (the Democratic data are dominated by two municipalities – Milwaukee City with a margin of 109,679 and Madison City with a margin of 70,846). The largest Republican margin is in Brookfield City (Waukesha County) with 9,929 votes. Seven municipalities are ties. In 2010, Walker won 1,480 municipalities to Barrett’s 399 with 15 ties. The largest swings were in the north-central part of the state with Iron and Taylor Counties leading the Republican Swing percentage while the south and north-west portions of the state had Democratic Swings. Detailed maps are available here.
The certified general election results for New York Representative in Congress as posted by the New York State Board of Elections on December 15, 2014 incorrectly swaps the data in Congressional District 11 between Richmond County and Kings County. The correct results are published in the Statement and Return Report for Certification by the New York City Board of Elections. While this error did not change the total vote count for any candidate, it skewed the results by county, incorrectly showing a Democratic win in Richmond County. The Atlas dataset for US Representative has been updated with this correction.
Data for the 2014 General Election for U.S. Senate and Governor are all updated to certified results (except for Tennessee Governor, where the data is final, awaiting certification in January). Datasets for U.S. Senate, Governor, and U.S. House of Representatives are all updated and available on the store page.
In the 2014 General Election contest for U.S. Senate in Alabama, more than 360,000 voters left their ballot blank. The race featured incumbent Senator Jeff Session running for re-election without a named opponent printed on the ballot. The ballot did include, however, an option to vote for a write-in a candidate. On November 24, the Alabama Secretary of State certified the 2014 General Election Results, publishing the final tally of the vote as 795,606 for Republican Jeff Sessions (97.25%) and 22,484 write-ins (2.75%). The county-level result, shown at right, is a solid “>90%” in every county, with exception of Macon County, where the write-in tally just cleared 10%. Full results are available here.
Looking deeper into the data though, its clear that most voters that did not want to vote for the incumbent Senator simply left their ballots blank.
The drop-off vote from Governor to U.S. Senate (the difference in total vote between the two contests) is 362,323 votes (30.6%). The total Republican Vote for Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate contest is only 5.7% more than Republican Robert Bentley received in the Gubernatorial vote – 795,606 vs. 750,231, a difference of 43,375 – full Gubernatorial results can be seen here. At the county level, the drop-off varies considerably, from the smallest drop-off of 10.4% in Blount County to the largest of 80.5% in Greene County. A map of the results can be seen at right.
In one example, Macon County, Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Parker Griffith received 4,830 votes (85.3%) to Robert Bentley’s 829 (14.6%) and three write-in votes – a total of 5,662 votes. In the U.S. Senate contest, Jeff Sessions, picked up 1,133 votes to 127 write-ins. The number of blank votes in the U.S. Senate race relative to the Governor’s race 4,402 votes (77.8%).
Predictably, the drop-off correlates with the percentage of vote for Republican, as shown in the map to the right. The sharpness of the magnitude of this correlation may be, in part, due to the existence of the straight-party option. As seen in this sample ballot, the voter can choose Alabama Democratic Party, Alabama Independence Party, or Alabama Republican Party at the very top of the ballot under “Straight Party Voting”. If the voter chooses the “Alabama Democratic Party” option, no vote for US Senate is cast.
The residents of Shannon County, SD have voted to change the name of the county to Oglala Lakota County. The vote tally from the November 4th election is
The process has several more steps until the name change becomes official, including a joint resolution of the South Dakota Legislature followed by a proclamation from the governor. The name change then becomes official on the first day of the first month following the proclamation. South Dakota Statute 7-1-71 and Statute 7-1-72 state:
7-1-71. Legislative resolution to change name. The Governor at the next convention of the annual session of the State Legislature shall communicate the result of an election held pursuant to § 7-1-69 in such county to the presiding officer of each branch of the Legislature, and thereupon the Legislature shall designate by joint resolution the new name of such county.
7-1-72. Governor’s proclamation of new county name. Upon the designation made by the Legislature pursuant to § 7-1-71, the Governor shall publicly proclaim the result of the election held pursuant to § 7-1-69 and of the new name of the county. The new name of such county shall be in full force and effect on the first day of the month following such proclamation by the Governor.
The vote for the “Shannon County Change of County Name” took place on the same day as the 2014 General Election, but on a separate paper ballot. A sample ballot with question wording may be seen here.
The map at the right shows the full Shannon County precinct result for the vote. All precincts voted in favor of the change except for Cuny Table, the precinct with the fewest votes in the northwest corner, where they voted against the change 22 to 19. Five precincts voted with more than 80% in favor.
The map key is shown at the right. The table below show the precinct-level data from the vote.
Shannon County Name Change Precinct Results
|Precinct Name||Yes Vote||No Vote||Yes %||No %|
|Pine Ridge 1||538||116||82%||18%|
|Pine Ridge 3||375||75||83%||17%|
Shannon County was Barack Obama’s best county in the 2012 General Election (see statistics page), where he won with 93.4% of the vote. Mitt Romney only managed 6.0%. Full 2012 Shannon County presidential results are available here.
The Nebraska 2014 Republican Gubernatorial Primary was a competitive six-way contest with a very flat result. No candidate received more than 27% of the vote, four candidates received more than 19%, and every one of the six candidates won in at least one county. Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts came out on top with a preliminary unofficial total of 26.5% (57,922 votes), followed closely by Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning at 25.49% (55,751 votes), State Senator Beau McCoy at 20.94% (45,804 votes), and State Auditor Mike Foley with 19.22% (42,029 votes). Trailing were Tax attorney Bryan Slone with 4.13% and State Senator Tom Carlson with 3.74%. Across the state, only three counties were won with more than 40% of the vote – the top one being Phelps County won by fifth place finisher Carlson with 49.7% (his home town is Holdrege located in Phelps County), Ricketts won Morrill County (in the panhandle) with 42%, and Foley won Lancaster County with 41%. The table below summarizes the results:
Nebraska 2014 Republican Primary Results (Unofficial)
|Candidate||Total Votes||Percentage||Counties Won|
The Pie chart at right is the statewide breakdown of the vote for the six candidates. Rickett’s strongest vote margins were in the Omaha area of Douglas and Sarpy Counties, where he had a combined margin advantage of 5,427 votes. Fourth-place finisher, Foley, had the highest-margin county in Lancaster, where he topped Bruning by 5,986 votes and Ricketts by 6,363 votes. However, he did not have sufficient state-wide support to achieve victory. Bruning’s support was more dispersed, winning the most counties, concentrated in the north and west, but not having any high-margin counties. McCoy is similar to Bruning, with his support concentrated in the central and southern portions of the state. Carlson and Slone both had more than 30% support in only a single county each. Below is a full interactive mouse-over map.
Polk County has the smallest win percentage, where Bruning won with 310 votes (24.12%) to 306 for Foley, 302 for Ricketts, 299 for McCoy, Carlson at 50, and Slone at 18. An almost even 4-way split! The full results page on the atlas is located here.