Breaking Down the Election in Salem
Nearly 15,000 votes were cast last Tuesday in Salem.
It's been one week since the election that saw Barack Obama re-elected president, Maggie Hassan elevated to the corner office in Concord and Ann McLane Kuster elected to Congress.
Salem was different from much of the rest of the state, and the nation, in that Republicans outperformed Democrats in every race on the ballot.
Let's take a look now at the election results locally, broken down by the four polling places in town.
TOTAL VOTES: 14,597
|POLLING PLACE||TOTAL VOTES||PERCENTAGE|
|Ingram Senior Center||4,997||34.23|
|Fisk Elementary School||4,008||27.46|
|North Salem Elementary School||3,372||23.10|
|Lancaster Elementary School||2,220||15.21|
Here is how each district voted in the presidential election:
The Obama/Biden ticket, which won New Hampshire, 332 electoral votes nationwide and the election, came closest to winning a district in Salem at Lancaster, falling 161 votes short there.
On to the numbers in the gubernatorial election:
|John J. Babiarz||137||130||82||110||459||3.29|
This one was quite a bit closer than the presidential election. Hassan, the Democrat, actually did outperform Lamontagne, the Republican, in one Salem district, that being Lancaster.
Here is the breakdown of the race for the 2nd Congressional District seat:
|Ann McLane Kuster||1,508||1,836||865||1,125||5,334||39.70|
Bass had a similar margin of victory over Kuster on the Salem ballot compared to the Romney/Ryan ticket had over the Obama/Biden ticket.
The winner of the District 22 State Senate seat had a dominating performance in his home town:
Morse's large margin of victory in Salem is reflected in his large victory overall when you include the other District 22 towns of Plaistown, Atkinson and Pelham. Morse got 16,364 votes overall (62.59 percent) to 9,781 for Czaia (37.41 percent).
Finally, here is a full breakdown of the election for the House of Representatives, in which all nine Republicans beat all nine Democrats:
Murray and Desmet, the two top vote-getting Democrats in Salem, beat Bick at Fisk and Lancaster. Those were the only instances of Democrats getting more votes at one of the four polling locations than Republicans on the House ballot.
Bick was able to beat both Murray and Desmet by winning North Salem and the Senior Center.
A few other nuggets from the election results:
The candidate who got the most votes of any candidate on the ballot was Rockingham County Sheriff Michael Downing. Downing, a Salem Republican, got 8,324 votes in Salem. Romney/Ryan got 8,285 and Morse got 8,254.
Salem's turnout Tuesday was about 75 percent. In addition, 1,430 new voters were registered during the election.