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Obama Won the Facebook Primary, Lost Silicon Valley

CNET’s Declan McCullagh reports this interesting byte of information:

In Santa Clara County, home to Google, Apple, Yahoo, Intel, HP, and Sun Microsystems, Clinton won a commanding 54.8 percent share of the vote.

Obama, by comparison, won only 39.3 percent. That’s a remarkable margin of 16 percentage points. It’s far more than the 9.5-point margin that Clinton claimed statewide, meaning Obama fared worse in Silicon Valley than he did in the rest of California.

By an 8-point margin, Clinton also bested Obama in neighboring San Mateo County immediately to the north, which is home to YouTube, Spoke.com, and Internet-monitoring firm Keynote.com.

So why did Obama–who’s popular online and has been touted as a more tech-savvy candidate–lose the nation’s high-tech heartland by an embarrassing 16-point margin? If he should have won anywhere, it should have been those two counties. Right?

[CNET]

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2 Responses to “Obama Won the Facebook Primary, Lost Silicon Valley”

  1. Jay O'Callaghan

    8 February 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Here are two quite interesting maps showing how Orange County California precincts voted on Super Tuesday:

    Precinct by precinct: How O.C. Republicans voted Tuesday

    Graphic reporting: Ronald Campbell/The Register
    Sources: Orange County Registrar of Voters, ESRI

    http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/presidentialelection/campaignheadlines/article_1975540.php

    Precinct by precinct: How Orange County Democrats voted

    Graphic reporting: Ronald Campbell/The Register
    Sources: Orange County Registrar of Voters, ESRI

    http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/presidentialelection/campaignheadlines/article_1975531.php


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