Inspired by Danny Westneat’s column in Tuesday’s Seattle Times, which sifted through results from the 2016 Presidential election and found a precinct in Wallingford that had exactly zero votes for Donald Trump, I decided to poke around the data myself and see just how blue all of Wallingford is. Unsurprisingly, we’re pretty blue.
Using what I consider to be the traditional and natural boundaries of Wallingford (yes, I know this is highly controversial) I looked at the results from the 29 voting precincts from Lake Union to 50th Street and I-5 to Aurora Avenue. I used the numbers that were available as of November 16, so it’s possible that a few ballots could still trickle in, but I’m guessing these results are nearly 100% accurate.
In Wallingford as a whole, Hillary Clinton received 5885 of the 6451 votes cast for United States President, for a total of 91.2%. Donald Trump came in second with 260 votes, or 4.0%. Gary Johnson was third with 129 (2.0%), Jill Stein fourth with 125 (1.9%), write-ins and votes for other candidates got 52 votes (0.8%).
Wallingford’s only Trump-less precinct is 43-1379, which is essentially Eastern Avenue and Sunnyside Avenue between 40th and 43rd Streets. That precinct also had zero votes for Stein and only three for Johnson, giving Hillary Clinton 98% of their vote.
Trump’s best showing was in precinct 43-1371, which I will now dub “Little Wyoming.” These folks voted for Trump at nearly double his neighborhood average, giving him an underwhelming 7% of the vote. I won’t give the exact location of these naysayers, but I’m guessing they might be the same 11 people who complain about noise coming from the Seamonster Lounge.
We are very blue, Wallingford. Very, very blue. And on election night, after Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were decided, and the prospect of a President Trump was no longer just a joke or a nightmare, I looked out my window and saw a young woman sitting in the middle of the street crying. I walked outside and got her to move to the sidewalk. She was distraught, afraid of losing her health insurance and possibly being stripped of specific rights she had recently been granted. I told her that while the Presidential election result was terrifying, she wasn’t alone. She is surrounded by like-minded, forward-thinking people, and we’ve got her back. These numbers bear it out.