The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that last Tuesday, 59 of Philadelphia’s 1,687 voting divisions went 100 percent to Obama. Obama received a combined total of 19,605 votes to Romney’s zero. Much of urban Philadelphia was expected to turn out for Obama, but the news that Romney didn’t receive even a single vote in the 59 divisions has some people scratching their heads:
Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia who has studied African American precincts, said he had occasionally seen 100 percent of the vote go for the Democratic candidate. Chicago and Atlanta each had precincts that registered no votes for Republican Sen. John McCain in 2008.
“I’d be surprised if there weren’t a handful of precincts that didn’t cast a vote for Romney,” he said. But the number of zero precincts in Philadelphia deserves examination, Sabato added.
“Not a single vote for Romney or even an error? That’s worth looking into,” he said.
Indeed. The news out of Philadelphia has raised a red flag for many people:
While the goofy numbers strongly indicate that something was amiss in Philadelphia, it’s important to remember that 20,000 votes make up only a small fraction of the ultimate 3 million vote gap between Obama and Romney and that instances of genuine voter fraud should not be confused with rumors. While it’s a bitter pill for conservatives to swallow, we must acknowledge that Obama won the election handily. Nevertheless, Commentary’s John Podhoretz has raised some excellent points about Philadelphia’s fishy voting statistics: