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WinPower Strategies, the local political consulting firm and vote-result cartographers, have produced a new map that shows, precinct by precinct, how the city of Seattle

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Tunnel-Vote Map Is a Slightly Sadder Version of 2009 McGinn-Vote Map

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WinPower Strategies, the local political consulting firm and vote-result cartographers, have produced a new map that shows, precinct by precinct, how the city of Seattle voted on Referendum 1, the so-called "tunnel vote."

The results would seem to further solidify the notion that the vote was an appraisal of Mike McGinn's performance as mayor, as much as of the merits of the tunnel plan itself.

Here's the map of the tunnel vote results.

Legend:

Red: 80%+ Yes Vote

Orange: 70% - 79% Yes Vote

Yellow: 60% - 69% Yes Vote

Green: 50% - 59% Yes Vote

Light Blue: 40% - 49% Yes Vote

Dark Blue: 39% or below Yes Vote

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And here's McGinn's victory map from 2010.

Red: McGinn gets 70% or above

Orange: 60% to 69%

Yellow: 50% to 59%

Green: 40% to 49%

Light Blue: 30% to 39%

Blue: 29% or below

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A hat tip to Martin H. Duke at Seattle Transit Blog for noticing the similarity first.

Notice that tunnel opposition (like McGinn support in 2009) was strongest in Capitol Hill, parts of West Seattle, South Park, and scattered south-side precincts. Tunnel support, meanwhile, was strongest in Madrona, Madison Park, Laurelhurst, and other richer neighborhoods.

Gone, however, was McGinn's support from UW. And the vast swaths of greens and yellows correlate closely with areas that leaned toward McGinn last year, but have cooled on the tunnel since then.

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