Saturday, January 12, 2013

Cheshire election history (1979 - 2011): District 3

Over the past 17 elections, Cheshire's 1st District has elected six different representatives. Five were Republicans spanning 15 elections and one was a Democrat winning two elections.

Over the same period, Cheshire's 2nd District has elected seven different representatives. Again, five were Republicans. But the 2nd has elected two Democrats. The GOP won twelve elections, while the Dems won four times.

Whether you're looking at election results or party affiliation, the 1st and 2nd are generally the most Republican-leaning districts in town.

Now comes the 3rd District. Keeping in line with the 1st and 2nd Districts, the 3rd has elected seven representatives over the period. But the third is different. With 4 Dem and 3 R Council members, ten elections going to the GOP and seven going to the Democrats, the 3rd is Cheshire's swing district.

When Election Night arrives, the 3rd District Council at-large results are where I look. It's the "bellweather" for the town.

Hopefully I can show you party affiliation for the 3rd District soon... though I was having problems graphing it tonight. Regardless, here's the trend line for the 3rd District's Council elections. As I mentioned in the previous posts, it's the 2003 race that I find interesting... a close race that makes clear the importance of Get Out The Vote efforts.

Tim White

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