The great suburban area of Omaha is Millard. Known for its nice schools and because of it, nice property value, these mostly lily white neighborhoods make up a large chunk of the population in Omaha. There’s a bit of a difference between Millard and what is more or less known as West Omaha. One of the things that I’ve been thinking about while I’ve been researching this, is that the idea of West Omaha or large chunks of how Omaha is laid out is based on class and is based on race. For many people, if you are in a nice neighborhood west of 72nd Street will announce that it is part of West Omaha. If you are not in a nice neighborhood and you are east of about 144th St, they’ll say it’s not really West Omaha, yet.
I tried to separate out what would be considered West Omaha and Millard by drawing a line around 160th St. This is not totally accurate because, for instance, Millard West (a high school) is located at 180th and Q. So I also did another run with the numbers that included West Omaha, West of 160th. The one area that I tried to leave intact without including it in this data is the Westside area.
There were 33 precincts in my initial run with Millard (it’s still a little problematic but we’ll get there). Out of those 33, Hillary Clinton won three precincts. She did not receive more than 50% of the four party Presidential vote in any precinct. Brad Ashford won four precincts in the area, receiving 50% or more in three of the precincts. Four precincts voted to hold the repeal of the death penalty.
The three precincts that Clinton won may not be considered a part of Millard by everyone.
05-04: This is the main one that I would not necessarily consider as part of Millard but it doesn’t really fit into any other classification. The precinct is located from 72nd-90th St L St – F St and U St – F St. It is basically just North of Ralston. By vote percentage of the four party presidential vote, this was Hillary Clinton’s best precinct. There were 916 votes cast for one of the four Presidential candidates.
|# of votes||412||451||41||12|
|% of votes cast||45.0||49.2||4.5||1.3|
Somewhat surprising, considering what we have seen in other places where we have Republican voters who were not willing to vote for Trump but followed through downballot, we have basically the same amount of votes cast downballot and not a big swing for anybody. There were only 5 more votes cast for one of the three Congressional candidates
Without trying to contact each individual voter on who they voted for, it seems fairly intuitive how people voted.
05-05: This precinct is located around 90th-108th St and Q-Center. It’s a little bit East of where most people consider to be Millard. But I still think it’s a good example of Millard. And again, we don’t see Republican voters who are just not voting for Trump but voting downballot for Republican voters.
We just have two fairly unpopular candidates going against each other. If anything, we have more reluctant Democratic voters who did not want to vote for Clinton but would vote for Ashford. There were 904 votes for one of the four Presidential candidates.
|# of votes cast||398||444||45||17|
|% of votes cast||44.0||49.1||5.0||1.9|
There were 6 more votes cast for one of the three Congressional candidates. Looking at who was able to benefit the most, we see Brad Ashford.
It looks like there were 4 Trump/Ashford supporters and then he was able to pick up the Stein voters and the 6 voters who decided not to vote for one of the four options. Of course, I could be sorely mistaken.
There has not been a great example that we’ve looked at so far where we have seen non-Hillary Democratic voters. This is probably the best one that we’ve seen, so far.
05-08: This one is on the edge of my demarcations for Millard in both the East direction and is necessarily on the southern border as Harrison is the dividing line between Douglas and Sarpy. It is 96th – 102nd St Harrison – Q St. Here we see a bunch of voters who could not vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. They found a home with Gary Johnson. There were 1,056 votes cast for one of the four Presidential candidates.
|# of votes cast||429||512||97||18|
|% of votes cast||40.6||48.4||9.2||1.7|
Ashford and Bacon both got more raw votes than the Presidential candidates despite there only being 6 more votes cast for one of the three Congressional candidates.
The question going forward for the Democratic Party is, is this sustainable? Can a Democratic challenger in this precinct win by more than 120 votes (Ashford won by 108)? Can a Democratic candidate for President reach and get a number of those Johnson voters to vote for them in a year when the candidate is not so unpopular? What can we do to ensure that to happen? Those are the questions we need to be asking and answering if we want to net more votes.