Seattle better start listening to Maple Leaf.
That’s the thrust of a story this week in the Seattle Weekly.
Specifically, Seattle politicians better start listening to our neighbors who live roughly between Northeast 89th and Northeast 92 streets, from 15th Avenue Northeast to Lake City Way Northeast.
Seattle Weekly reporter Ellis E. Conklin, on the trail of the campaign for Seattle mayor, spent time with King County Elections and a politics guru and determined that “few pockets of Seattle are as representative and predictive of the electoral behavior of the city at large” as these 10 or so blocks.
There are about 500 registered voters in Precinct 46-2292, and Conklin went door to door until he’d talked to 61 of them in what he told Crosscut.com was a “totally and absolutely non-scientific” poll.
From this he determined that Peter Steinbrueck and incumbent Mike McGinn are the likely winners of next week’s mayoral primary election. (That is NOT conventional political wisdom.) Conklin’s full story is here.
What we really like is the notion that as Maple Leaf goes, so goes the country.
In addition to predicting the last several mayor’s races here:
In the 2012 general election, Precinct 2292 gave 85 percent of its vote to Obama, the precise percentage that all Seattle voters handed the president.
In the gubernatorial race, the Maple Leaf neighborhood went 80 percent for Jay Inslee, compared to 79 percent citywide. On the legalizing marijuana initiative: 70 percent in 2292, 74 percent citywide. Gay marriage: 84 percent in 2292, 82 percent citywide.
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