I can’t quit Pennsylvania, so on a rainy afternoon here in Southern California, I went through Philadelphia’s precinct-level results. Here are how the last two Republican candidates performed.
Mitt Romney received <100 votes in 1,294 of the city’s precincts, <10 votes in 586 of these, no more than a single vote in 149 of these, and no votes whatsoever in 50. His best precinct was in Ward 58 #41: 391 votes. He won 41 precincts out of 1,686. Overall, Romney won a total of 96,467 votes, losing the city to President Barack Obama by a margin of just over 492,000.
Donald Trump received <100 votes in 1,273 of the city’s precincts, <10 votes in 502 of these, no more than a single vote in 43 of these, and no votes whatsoever in 9 of these. Of Romney’s 50 no-vote precincts, he won of a total 174 votes in 47 of them. President-Elect Trump carried 114 precincts in the city out of 1,686. He received more votes than Romney in 1,176 precincts. He received 10 or more votes than Romney in 493 precincts, 50 or more in 80 of them, 100 or more in 8 of them- four of these in Ward 45. Trump had two best precincts in terms of raw votes: Ward 58 #41 and #35 both cast 436 ballots for him. In all, Trump received 108,748 votes, losing the city to Hillary Clinton by a margin of just over 475,000.
While Trump improved considerably on Romney’s votes in the City of Brotherly Love, he received 8500 fewer votes than John McCain, and almost 22,000 fewer than George W. Bush in 2004. GOP shrinkage in Philadelphia continues, but at a slower pace than in previous decades: H.W. Bush’s haul in 1992 marked a hundred thousand vote drop from Reagan’s in 1980.