Last week I and commenters tried to answer the question,
Why did Gottemoller Lose?
in and under this article.
Today examine this map and answer the question,
Where did Walkup win?
Which color represents each candidate?
Remember, they are both from Crystal Lake.
They are both from Nunda Township.
They are both from the same precinct (Nunda 15, where Gottemoller beat incumbent Mike Shorten for Precinct Committeeman).
Walkup lost the precinct 280-231, but he won McHenry County in all but official results (only some absentee votes outstanding) by 24,153 to 22,776.
The color that represents Walkup is blue.
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I’m color blind, but not that color blind.
Walkup’s precincts are in green, not blue.
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Before election day it seemed to me that Gottemoller was winning.
Below you cam see that in early voting, Gottemoller was ahead.
Whatever caused Walkup’s victory, it is clear that he had momentum going into in-person voting on Election Day.
3,809 people cast early votes for Gottemoller; 3,300 for Walkup.
Absentee ballots showed a 28-vote advantage for Gottemoller.
Among Election Day registrants–the blue portion of the graph on the left–1,116 voted for Walkup and 1,071 cast ballots for Gottemoller.
The regularly cast Election Day returns similarly showed a Walkup advantage:
- Walkup – 19,151
- Gottemoller – 17,289