Analysis of Cheung reelection campaign: Wow.
Leland Cheung’s campaign for reelection to the City Council is taking a victory lap, releasing a dozen factoids culled from Election Commission data by Frank Perullo at the Boston-based campaign services provider Sage Systems.
The factoids, straight from Sage and the Cheung campaign:
According to preliminary results, Cheung earned more votes than any other candidate and surpassed the next closest candidate’s vote total by almost 20 percent.
Cheung topped the ticket in 10 of Cambridge’s 33 precincts.
Cheung achieved the broadest level of citywide support, achieving quota in 27 of 33 precincts in Cambridge — marking a triumph for the idea of Cambridge working together as a whole, not against itself as a collection of neighborhoods.
For the first time, a city councillor went from being the bottom vote-getter to the top.
Cheung was the most-ranked candidate, and ranked somewhere on 8,872 ballots, more than half of all cast. This was also over 1,000 more ballots then the next highest candidate, Tim Toomey (this refers to a candidate being ranked as a choice anywhere on a voters ballot, not just No. 1).
In addition to getting the most number one votes (2,017 or 12.7 percent of all valid ballots cast), Cheung also got the most No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 votes.
Cheung got 2,096 No. 2 votes, well over the next highest, Henrietta Davis, who got 1,214 No. 2 votes.
Cheung was ranked first or second on 26 percent of all valid ballots (4,113).
Cheung was listed in the top 3 on 36 percent of all valid ballots cast (5,719). The next highest was Henrietta Davis, who got 27 percent.
Cheung was listed in the top four on 43 percent of all valid ballots cast.
Top five: 48 percent
Top six: 51 percent
Top nine: 54 percent
Anywhere: 56 percent
Cheung was the only candidate to be ranked in the top nine on more than 50 percent of all ballots, meaning he was the only candidate a majority of residents voted to the council.
Cheung was the only candidate to be ranked anywhere on more than 50 percent of all ballots, meaning he was the only candidate a majority of voters selected.
Volunteers and staff canvassed more than 15,000 houses.
Volunteers and staff made more than 20,000 phone calls to voters.
Update: Leland Cheung wrote Nov. 24, 2011, to say Robert Winters’ Cambridge Civic Journal should have been credited in the press release for the data.