One of the issues on the ballot this November is whether we should have casinos in Ohio.  I’m voting against it, but it may be a losing cause.  The local paper had a story on Sunday stating that 7 out of 10 local residents support the measure.  I still think it’s wrong – something about not jumping off bridges if everybody else does (thanks, Mom!).

But I started to wonder if the supporting numbers matched the presidential election results – could I draw a straight line from the Obama election in 08 to the casino numbers?

And the answer is no.  State-wide, Obama picked up 51.2 percent of the vote.  In Hamilton County (where Cincinnati is located), the results were a bit higher at 52.1.

As a side note, it’s interesting to take a look at the NY Times map of the election results in Ohio and see where the blue Obama-voting counties are – generally tied to urban areas.  The counties right around Hamilton went for McCain, with percentages of 60.9, 67.6, and 65.8.  What does that say?  I’m not sure, but it is interesting.

Back to the topic at hand.  Apparently voting for Obama is not a good indicator of voting for the casinos.  I would expect that a very high percentage of Obama voters will vote in favor of casinos – but where did the other almost twenty percent come from?  That also is interesting.  And currently unanswered.  Of course, the election hasn’t happened yet, and many things can happen in the next few weeks.