Nassau County is Not an Obama Love-fest

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Rose Woodhouse

Elizabeth Picciuto was born and reared on Long Island, and, as was the custom for the time and place, got a PhD in philosophy. She freelances, mainly about disability, but once in a while about yeti. Mother to three children, one of whom is disabled, two of whom have brown eyes, three of whom are reasonable cute, you do not want to get her started talking about gardening.

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  1. Avatar Rtod
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    Good post.Report

  2. Avatar NewDealer
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    I was also raised in Nassau County. So were my mom, uncle, and brother.

    My mom’s childhood on Nassau County it was certainly a bastion of the Republican Party. This was during the post-War years. She told me that her parents felt very isolated because they were staunch Democrats in a sea of Republicans. They disliked when Salisbury Park was rennamed Eisenhower Park.

    The Nassau County of my youth seemed a bit more Democratic. Though this could be because I grew up in Gary Ackerman’s district and my hometown bordered Queens (ten points if you can guess my hometown) Come to think of it, I went to high school with a girl whose last name was Woodhouse and her house was two minutes down the road. I think she had a largeish number of siblings but could be wrong.

    I think that in terms of local and state politics, Nassau County is still very Republican. However in terms of national elections, they now go more Democratic.

    The only Republican Congressperson from Queens is the rather horrible Pete King. According to Wikipedia, King’s District is the only one in Nassau County to vote for Bush in 2004 and McCain in 2008 by a majority. Previously they were: Clinton, Clinton, Gore.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to NewDealer
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      The only Republican Congressperson from Queens is the rather horrible Pete King. According to Wikipedia, King’s District is the only one in Nassau County to vote for Bush in 2004 and McCain in 2008 by a majority. Previously they were: Clinton, Clinton, Gore.

      That’s interesting. A congressional district in New York becoming more Republican?Report

    • Avatar Rose in reply to NewDealer
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      Great Neck?Report

      • Avatar NewDealer in reply to Rose
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        Oui.Report

        • Avatar Rose in reply to NewDealer
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          Hi Neighbor! I’m from Port Washington! Woodhouse is a pseudonym – both my maiden name and married name are more ethnically appropriate for the area.Report

          • Avatar NewDealer in reply to Rose
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            Well then,

            Hello neighbor and my I also guess fellow Member of the Tribe? Or are you on the Italian-Irish side of Gold Coast living.

            My parents used to send me to science camp at the Science Preserve in Sands Point/Port Washington. I had a few classmates in grad school from Port Washington and various doctors along Northern Blvd in the Manhasset/Port Washington border lands.

            Oh Long Island, how I kind of miss you. Though I miss the Northeast in general. I miss how old everything is there and seeing the old colonial architecture in autumn and winter.Report

            • Avatar Rose Woodhouse in reply to NewDealer
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              I’m an MOT, married to an Italian.

              I didn’t even know there was a science camp at Sands Point preserve! We go there all the time for hiking, and pretending with my son that we live in a castle. I thought there was something at the science museum on the bay between Manhasset and PW.

              My docs were in Great Neck! And that’s where my grandparents and 100,000 cousins lived.

              >Oh Long Island, how I kind of miss you.

              This sums up my feelings EXACTLY.Report

  3. Avatar NewDealer
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    Not that I mind an advantage to Obama but here is the data from wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York%27s_2nd_congressional_district

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York%27s_3rd_congressional_district

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York%27s_4th_congressional_district

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York%27s_5th_congressional_district

    Obama won the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Districts by 56, 58, and 63 percentage points. McCain won the 3rd Congressional District with 52 percent of the vote.Report

    • Avatar Rose in reply to NewDealer
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      And I am from the 5th, as well….which is partly not Nassau County, it should be said.

      Will, that district is an odd duck. A tiny bit very wealthy, and large swaths fairly blue collar.Report

      • Avatar NewDealer in reply to Rose
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        Yeah, the Fifth is at least half in Queens which gives it a unique flavor. It contains some the wealthiest suburbs on Long Island with much more modest sections of Queens. Though Little Neck is indistinguishable from the North Shore in parts.Report

  4. Avatar Chris
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    Montgomery County, MD — a truly blue county — went for Obama over McCain 75.1 % to 27.1%

    102.2% of the population of Montgomery County, MD voted in 2008? And it went for Obama? Clear evidence of voter fraud!

    Sorry, couldn’t resist. Good post, except for the math. Also, my girlfriend says Suffolk County is better (she spent most of her life in and around Islip).Report

    • Avatar Rose in reply to Chris
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      Doh! And, um, dare I say, sort of obvious?Report

      • Avatar Damon in reply to Rose
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        I wouldn’t be surprised it the number was indeed 102%. Given the history of voter fraud in Maryland, and the various shenanigans, I’d be surprised if it wasn’t higher. And yes Mont. County is BLUER than blue. Lots of snarky comments describe it as “the people’s republic of mont. county” even by those on the left. And god, don’t get me started on the residents of Takoma Park!Report

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