Maps: Kathleen Kane’s Mandate
Not Kathleen Kane.
She made history twice on Tuesday when she became the first Democrat and first woman elected Pa. Attorney General. She achieved a fairly impressive performance across the state.
The map above compares her win margin to that of President Obama. Obama won the state by 5.2 points, 52 percent to 46.8 percent for Mitt Romney. Kane won by 14.5 points, 56.1 percent to 41.6 percent for Dave Freed.
On election night she exceed the President’s performance in eastern Pa. and showed none of his weakness in western Pa. (Obama maps here).
The map below shows how Kane did compared to another AG hopeful back in 2004. Tom Corbett was running alongside President George W. Bush’s re-election effort, which turned out to be the best GOP performance since 1988.
The map below shows Kane’s 2012 vote share compared to Corbett’s in 2004. Many of the differences reflect Pa.’s basic red-v-blue county dynamic. But Centre County is worth a special look. Kane campaigned on criticism of Corbett’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky case and turned the AG contest into a referendum on the investigation.
In the epicenter of Nittany Nation, which Corbett won by 8 points in ‘04, Kane won by 17 points this year – a 25 point swing.
(She also outperformed his vote share there during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, by 2 points).