(Editor's Note #1: This one is for the lone poll respondent among you who answered our first pre-election poll. I thought about it later and wondered, why take the poll if I'm not going to listen to ya? So this one's for you! Now I'll slow the game down and leave these politicos in power for a while.)
(Editor's Note #2: This probably will be our last post until I learn the next "baby step" in how to do this better from a technical standpoint. )
From the Worthington Post...
JANNER, INTEGRA WIN SQUEAKER IN YORK
Worthington, November 8 -- Sen. Jon Janner (Int) won election to the regional governorship this week by 2 electoral votes (87-85) over incumbent Gilbert Girrard (YF) while Integra-backed candidates gained the smallest of legislative majorities in the first region-wide elections since the Bavaria War.
Janner, a former publishing executive and inclumbent volksman from North Burlington, captured 50.5 percent of the popular vote to 47.6 percent for Girrard, with the remaining 1.9 percent split between several write-in candidates. Integra also made gains in the Volkshaus, where it now enjoys a 59-58 majority. Although several Senate seats changed hands, that body remains divided down the middle, 27-27. Election experts say Integra's victory in such a close race was remarkable, especially given that voters in the four towns chartered over the last five years voted solidly YorkFirst, given that those towns owed their existence to the party's expansion agenda. All eight incoming senators and four volksmen from these towns will be YorkFirsters.
Reasons for the Change
Pollsters cite several reasons for the power shift. First and foremost, opposition to various planks of the YorkFirst Platform published over the summer was widespread. Though many YF candidates distanced themselves from the manifesto, Integra made opposition to it a centerpiece of is campaign. The platform called for every city with a population of more than 10,000 to come under a regional Clean Air Act, build a water treatment facilities, and maintain at least two public schools (one elementary, one secondary). Those proposals played to mixed reviews. It was YF's call for a 0.1 percent regional income tax to fund development that engendered the heaviest opposition.
Integra also scored points by maintaining that Girrard and YF botched things in Bavaria, removing some of the sheen from Girrard's national image as the guy who finally did something about the neo-Nazis in York's midst. Said political analyst Henry Sabato, "There's a feeling that if the region was going to come down on Bavaria in the first place, it needed to do so firmly and forcefully from the outset, not let things drag on and spiral out of control."
Key to Integra's victory was the campaign itself. Integra and its allies outspent YF by at least 3-to-1 and ran a campaign operation that was clearly superior. Integra's radio and TV ad buys, mailings, and internet communications were often tailored to local issues, and its get-out-the-vote operation was the most extensive York has yet seen. Perhaps Integra's most vital decision was choosing a candidate for governor from a big city where YF won by a thin margin the last time around. Said Sabato, "I think it's safe to say that had Janner not been from Burlington, its 15 electoral votes would've been in the other guy's column."
Pictured: Bavaria after the war, as reconstruction begins.