Hoboken Election Notes
More Results: Absentees now included
The absentee ballots have been counted, giving us a better idea how the numbers broke down in Tuesday’s election. Obviously Dawn Zimmer is still the winner and beneficiary of a field that in the end was too crowded to beat her. Here’s a look at the breakdown (without dopey write-in votes):
- Dawn Zimmer: 5621 (41.9%) – down from 5976 in June
- Beth Mason: 3038 (22.7%) – up from 2541 in May
- Frank Raia: 2665 (19.9%) – up from 2373 in April (BoE)
- Kimberly Glatt: 1380 (10.3%)
- Nathan Brinkman: 567 (4.2%)
- Patricia Waiters: 87 (0.4%)
- Everton Wilson: 39 (0.3%)
The win is less impressive when you compare it this way:
Everyone Else: 7776 vs. Dawn Zimmer: 5621
Zimmer wins every ward on the spreadsheet, until you tally up the numbers and see how “Everyone Else” overwhelms her totals:
Beth Mason finished second behind Zimmer in every ward but the Third, where Frank Raia took the silver medal. Raia was first in the Absentee Ballot race with 395, followed by Zimmer with 343. Legal challenges to 89 Raia absentees were dropped after it was clear it wouldn’t affect the outcome of the race.
What it means for the non-winners
Beth Mason can walk away knowing her support grew by about 500 votes, giving her second place. Don’t believe the “cost per vote” hype some amateurs are trying to sell you. Until the post-election reports come in it’s impossible to get an accurate picture of the money spent. Raia was pouring dollars into the streets of the third and fourth wards well beyond what he has declared so far on his ELEC forms. Still, Pupie once again came in third place, just as he did in the 2005 Mayoral race. From the outset 411 predicted Zimmer, Mason and Raia would be the top three.
Glatt, Brinkman and the rest flounder
You were told right off the bat Kimberly Glatt and Nathan Brinkman had little shot to win. Glatt ended up with 10% of the vote even after her operatives managed to get some lazy political columnists to spread the lie the Judge was “polling in second place”. Never happened for her – or for Raia for that matter – but it didn’t stop their campaigns from saying otherwise. Zimmer operatives put out polling misinformation about Glatt and Raia in an attempt to deflate Mason’s momentum.
Had the 4032 Hobokenites who voted for Chris Christie also voted for Nathan Brinkman he would have come in second between Zimmer and Mason. With only 567 votes, Brinkman was not a factor. What can be said about Patricia Waiters and Everton Wilson other than they got more signatures on their election petitions than votes on Election Day.
At least they can say they got more votes than Artie Lange.
Zimmer wins election – low voter turnout
Here are the preliminary results not including absentee and provisionals (35/36 97.22%)
Dawn Zimmer: 5,278 (42.92%)
Elizabeth Mason: 2,780 (22.61%)
Frank Raia: 2,270 (18.46%)
Kimberly Glatt: 1,284 (10.44%)
Nathan Brinkman: 554 (4.50%)
Patricia A. Waiters: 74 (0.60%)
Everton A. Wilson: 36 (0.29%)
Personal Choice: 22 (0.18%)
Total: 12,298 (100.00%)
Hopefully she can do her job, and not fall through on her campaign promises. Time will tell if she is a good Mayor or not, and loses the trust of the over 5,000 people that voted for her today.
It’ll finally be over!
If you’re like me, you will be happy this grueling third Hoboken Mayoral Election of 2009 should be over tonight (barring any freaky occurrences!) If Mason or Zimmer win, we’ll have yet another “special” election in the 2nd or 4th Wards this coming February 2010. If anyone else takes the top spot, this will be the last “city hall” election till 2011.
Swing back at around 7pm tonight when I’ll start the live blog, and you can discuss the day’s events, who you voted for, and the initial (unverified) election results as quickly as I get them.