Despite What Pundits Claim, Most Elections Don’t Tell Us Much of Anything About America

Source: The Intercept
by Jon Schwarz

“According to the current count, 55 percent of San Franciscans who voted chose to recall [Chesa] Boudin. But voter turnout was only about 46 percent, so just 25 percent San Francisco’s voters actually went to the polls and cast a ballot to oust Boudin. Meanwhile, similar minorities of voters made the decisive choices in the other races, with the opposite ideological outcome. … When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated Joe Crowley in the 2018 Democratic primary in New York’s 14th Congressional District in a shock upset and then took office, it was proclaimed as ‘very likely a harbinger of a new American political reality.’ But only 12 percent of registered Democrats showed up to vote in the primary, meaning that Ocasio-Cortez won it with under 7 percent of eligible voters. Then in the higher-turnout general election, she won with the support of about 29 percent of eligible voters.” (06/20/22)