Doing Some Quick Math
Matt Pulle's scouring over spreadsheets at the moment, and he's discovered that while Tom Leppert's pulling in the Northern sector and Ed Oakley's doing well south of I-30, Leppert's still managing to keep it respectable in the Southern sector. In a number of individual northern precincts during early voting, Leppert won with anywhere from 50- to 75-vote margins, whereas in the Southern sector, Oakley took about 90 percent of the precincts, but with far fewer votes.
For instance, in Precinct 3342-5759 in Southern Dallas, Oakley won the early voting, but by a slim margin: 61 votes to Leppert's 54. And in other precincts in the south, the margins were about the same -- a handful of votes. But if you go to Precinct 1115-5122, which is in Mitchell Rasansky's district in Northwest Dallas, Leppert won 158 to 27. Matt wonders: "What exactly do people pay Kathy Neely for, anyway?" --Robert Wilonsky