Luke's victory in Wards 1-15 relied heavily on (surprise) Old People! Straight Democratic Voters accounted for 55% of his total take East of the Point.
- TOTAL VOTES WARD 1-15: 36,235 (100%)
- TOTAL STRAIGHT D 1-15: 11,480 (32% of all Votes Cast)
- TOTAL RAVENSTAHL 1-15: 20,791 (57% of all Votes Cast)
- TOTAL DESANTIS 1-15: 13,510 (37% of all Votes Cast)
- TOTAL VOTES WARD 7: 2,521
- TOTAL STRAIGHT D 7: 388 (16% of all Votes Cast in 7)
- TOTAL RAVENSTAHL 7: 889 (37% of all Votes Cast in 7)
- TOTAL DESANTIS 7: 1,508 (58% of all Votes Cast in 7)
The 14th Ward left us equally disappointed. Voter turnout, at 39%, was better than average; and as usual, the 14th Ward produced 1/3 of all votes cast in the East End. However, the breakout wasn't overwhelming for DeSantis.
- TOTAL VOTES WARD 14: 9,965
- TOTAL STRAIGHT D 14: 1,485 (16% of all Votes Cast in 14)
- TOTAL RAVENSTAHL 14: 3,808 (38% of all Votes Cast in 14)
- TOTAL DESANTIS 14: 5,613 (56% of all Votes Cast in 14)
Those people are dying off, and fast. Meanwhile, neighborhoods like Squirrel Hill and Highland Park, where DeSantis did well, continue to grow. One need only note the electoral victories of Pat Dowd and Bruce Kraus, and the continued defection of all of Homewood, Lincoln Larimer, etc. into Penn Hills, to read the writing on the wall. A Republican may not win, but as DeSantis said, a solid 1/3 of Pittsburghers are demanding change.
Ravenstahl will likely outlive the machine that brought him to power; and thus his utility as a politician. Ask Len Bodack how that feels.