Proposition 8 Did Better Than You Think.
The losers in the Prosotion 8 race have tried to portray their loss as a narrow one, caused by various boogeymen. (LDS Church, Black voters, etc...)
Ron Prentice of the California Family Council and ProtectMarriage.com compiled some statistics to put the win in context. Here are some of them:
The official Statement of the Vote has been released by the Secretary of State. Proposition 8 passed by a margin of 52.3% to 47.7%. Proposition 8 won by a margin of 600,000 votes: 7,001,084 to 6,401,483.
Prop. 8 received 2,150,000 MORE votes than did Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was reelected in 2006.
Prop. 8 received nearly 2 million MORE votes than Dianne Feinstein did when she was reelected to the US Senate in 2006.
Prop. 8 received 250,000 MORE votes than did John Kerry when he carried California in 2004.
Prop. 8 received 45,000 MORE votes than did Barbara Boxer in her landslide reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2004.
Prop. 8 passed with approximately the same percentage of the vote that Barack Obama received nationally.
So did Prop. 8 pass by a landslide or did Obama barely squeak by?
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Did Prop. 8 pass by a landslide or did Obama barely squeak by?
The following commentary is from my good friend and fellow Red County Blogger, Mike Spence. He does a really good job of putting the Prop. 8 victory in persepctive.