How Woodbury voted Election DayHow did your neighbors vote? The Woodbury Bulletin tallied the results for four major races on the ballot: the President, U.S. Senate, Sixth District U.S. House of Representatives and the state Constitutional Amendment.
By: Hank Long, Woodbury Bulletin
How did your neighbors vote? The Woodbury Bulletin tallied the results for four major races on the ballot: the President, U.S. Senate, Sixth District U.S. House of Representatives and the state Constitutional Amendment. Here’s a quick analysis:
Woodbury votes Obama
In voter totals nearly identical to the nationwide popular vote, just under 53 percent of Woodbury residents who voted in the U.S. presidential election cast their ballot for Democrat nominee Barack Obama.
Obama, who won the national election via electoral college, garnered 17,857 votes within the Woodbury city limits.
Nearly 47 percent of Woodbury residents who voted showed support for Republican nominee John McCain. The U.S. senator from Arizona tallied 15,857 votes in Woodbury.
Nationally, Obama, a U.S. senator from Illinois, received 65.4 million votes from 53 percent of the electorate. McCain received 57.5 million votes nationally from 46 percent of voters.
In Woodbury, Obama earned more votes than McCain in nine of 15 precincts. Precincts with more Obama votes than McCain votes were generally located in the west and north half of Woodbury.
McCain saw his strongest support in the precincts that contain more rural and new neighborhoods in southern and eastern Woodbury.
McCain earned his largest margin of victory in precinct 11, where he earned nearly 64 percent of votes to Obama’s 36 percent.
Obama’s strongest support showed up in precinct 1, where nearly 61 percent of voters cast ballots in his favor.
Coleman voters overwhelm Franken voters
If Republican U.S. Senator Norm Coleman loses his re-election bid to Al Franken via hand recount, don’t blame Woodbury. Although the statewide vote of nearly 2.9 million recorded ballots gave Coleman a 206-vote lead before the recount, voters in Woodbury overwhelmingly supported Coleman over his challengers.
Coleman tallied 16,942 (50 percent) votes in Woodbury compared to Democrat challenger Franken, 12,425 (37 percent) and Independence Party nominee Dean Barkley, 4,317 (13 percent).
Coleman also saw plurality support in 13 of 15 precincts. Franken came in first in precincts 1 and 6, which are located on Woodbury’s western border. In precinct 1, Franken saw 48 percent to Coleman’s 37 percent. Conversely, voters in precinct 11 favored Coleman 71 percent to Franken 21 percent.
Percentage of votes cast for Barkley in each precinct ranged between eight and 14 percent.
Woodbury votes against the tide in Sixth District
U.S. House Rep. Michele Bachmann won her re-election bid in the Sixth district over with 46 percent of the vote to DFL challenger El Tinklenberg (43 percent) and Independence challenger Bob Anderson (10 percent).
But Woodbury voters opposed the district-wide trend and favored Tinklenberg with 15,794 votes (nearly 49 percent) to Bachmann’s 13,885 (43 percent) and Anderson’s 2,681 (8 percent).
Anderson, a Woodbury resident, garnered less support in his own community than he did in the Sixth district as a whole.
The Sixth district stretches west from Washington County up through Anoka, Sherburne and Benton counties and west to Stearns and Wright counties. Woodbury and the city of Sauk Centre, which represent the farthest southeast and northeast reaches of the district, are separated by 125 miles.
City votes ‘Yes’ on amendment
Woodbury trended with statewide voter total on the Constitutional Amendment, which passed with a 55-percent “Yes” support. The “Clean Water, Land and Legacy” Amendment earned 18,644 “yes” votes in Woodbury to 14,258 “no” votes. The only Woodbury precinct to total more “no” votes than “yes” votes was the 11th.
Passage of the amendment means the state sales tax will increase by 3/8 of one percent for the next 25 years.
The increase in the state sales tax will capture nearly $300 million annually totaling $11 billion over the next century in funding to be dedicated to various organizations that advocate for protection, preservation and enhancement of natural resources and for enhancement of parks and trails and enhancement of arts and culture.
A state-appointed committee will choose how to dole out the money and who receives it.