Washington State Geography Lesson for Non-Washingtonians
Okay- there have been a lot of posts about Paul winning 46% in Spokane or Asotin or Stevens county but having 21% of the vote state wide. First, geography 101- Washington is divided by the Cascade mountains- the East side is very much a "Red" state- very rural, a lot of agriculture. Spokane is in Eastern Washington as is Asotin and Stevens county. Those counties also have more of a constitutionalist bent.
The west side of the state is where most of the people in the state reside- in Seattle (King County), Tacoma (Pierce County) and Everett (Snohomish County). Kitsap County and Thurston County also have sizable populations.
About 1/5th to 1/4 of the entire state population resides in King County- there are also many military bases on the West side- There are naval bases in Kitsap and Snohomish counties- 4 or 5 aircraft carriers and numerous subs are based in the area. Fort Lewis, one of the largest army bases in the country, is in Pierce County- there are a couple of Stryker brigades there. McChord Air Force base is also in Pierce County.
So, when you see results from the Eastern side of the state showing Paul getting 40-50% of the vote, it is not a grand conspiracy that he is only getting 21% statewide. The several thousand fine folks in beautiful Asotin County or few thousand in SPokane (Go Zags!!!) who voted for Paul cannot keep up with the 250,000 registered republicans in King County. Please save the conspiracy theories for later.
But... but... the CFR! And the NWO! They HAVE to be involved somehow, man!
What about all this crap about Ron Paul supporters being counted as undecided?
I will cut and paste from another thread and explain why many of those undecideds are RP supporters, in my opinion...
Originally Posted by 4RP08inKCMO
A lot of those uncommitted delegates are Ron Paul supporters. The reason why is we were told by RP state headquarters NOT to identify ourselves as Ron Paul supporters when we first caucused. However, the way the state GOP ran this thing is when everyone signed in they asked us to put our presidential preference on the sheet. I put Ron Paul- but was hesitant to. I spoke to other people in my precinct who were Ron Paul delegates who put down uncommitted. We thought that after the delegates were chosen they would ask us who we supported. Instead, after we picked delegates, the PCOs wrote down our presidential preference from the sign-in sheet.
As a result, there is a significant amount of the 10 or 11% showing "undecided" who are Paul supporters. Their thought process on this was we'd sneak more delegates under the radar, but right now, in my opinion, we don't need more delegates under the radar, we need to win a friggn' state so we get press coverage.
Originally Posted by Rusty John
yeah its just a COINCIDENCE that WA state was spost to be a win and it is TAKING THE LONGEST and just a COINCIDENCE that CNN has frozen the county live update (done only once in colorado)
How bout Stevens County then in NE Wasington (I think bordering Canada). These results posted by CNN in the "County" portion either have to be an error or fraud. Hopefully, just an error because this seems so highly unprobable.
Originally Posted by Rusty John
updated 9:43 p.m. EST, February 9, 2008 100% reporting
McCain 107 67%
Huckabee 50 32%
Paul 2 1%
Romney 0 0%
Uncommitted 0 0%
Um yes, because the state gop site hasn't updated but once every 90 minutes or so- that is where CNN is getting their numbers from. Let me ask you a pretty smple question- if I am a Ron Paul delgate to the county convention (which I am), and then the county convention rolls around and they tell me, "You're not a delegate. John McCain won that delegate.", don't you think I would complain?
Originally Posted by 911cartoon
Your postshows absolutely no knowledge of how this system works- they are counting all paper ballots- in my legislative district there were 53 ballots to tally. In my county there are 6 legislative districts. In some of these counties there are only 1 or 2 people counting everything.
The state GOP site isn't showing county by countyr esults at all so I have no idea where CNN is getting their numbers from- I can only assume from the county GOP web pages- I have seen only 2 counties posted on their respective county GOP web pages- King and Spokane.
Originally Posted by ord33