In dozen of urban precincts, it was a lopsided victory for President Obama, with Mitt Romney getting no votes whatsoever.
The Phildadelphia Inquirer reported today that, in 59 precincts in inner-city Philadelphia, the GOP nominee received not a single vote. And according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, nine precincts in Cleveland returned zero Romney votes.
At first blush, it seems almost impossible: how, even in some of the most heavily Democratic strongholds in the country, could a major party’s presidential candidate fail to earn even one vote?
Incredulous Republicans might be tempted to indict voter fraud as a culprit – in reaction to the numbers, Steve Miskin, a spokesman for Republicans in Pennsylvania’s state legislature touted the state’s voter ID law, which did not apply to last Tuesday’s election, and avowed a need to “continue ensuring the integrity of the ballot.”
But, as is often the case, the reality is less salacious than the conspiracy theory – a consequence of demography, not electoral shenanigans.