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ASUA Primary Elections Results 2009

Posted in Campus, Politics by Evan Lisull on 4 March 2009

At 9:15 MST, the Elections Commission released the following results:

Total Ballots Cast: 2657

President:

CATHERS: 1612 (60.67%)

Executive Vice President:

FRITZE: 2001 (75.31%)

Administrative Vice President:

ZICCARELLI: 1986 (74.75%)

Senate:

ATJIAN: 780 (7.13%)

WALLACE, DANIEL: 699 (6.39%)

WALLACE, STEPHEN: 672 (6.14%)

DAVIDSON: 657 (6.00%)

WEINGARTNER: 629 (5.75%)

BROOKS: 620 (5.66%)

QUILLIN: 582 (5.32%)

SEARLES: 562 (5.13%)

RUIZ: 548 (5.01%)

YAMAGUCHI: 529 (4.83%)

BRATT: 508 (4.64%)

DAVIDOFF: 507 (4.63%)

SAN ANGELO: 479 (4.38%)

VILLALOBOS: 450 (4.11%)

ELYACHAR: 408 (3.73%)

BRAL: 406 (3.71%)

SLATER: 396 (3.62%)

KLENKE: 395 (3.61%)

HUDSON: 299 (2.73%)

JONES: 293 (2.67%)

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EVANS: 271 (2.47%) ELIMINATED

GODFREY: 246 (2.24%) ELIMINATED

BACK: Dropped Out

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  1. Dave said, on 4 March 2009 at 10:20 pm

    So the favorite in the senate race is the guy who was running on the pro-copyright infringement campaign?

  2. Jimi Alexander said, on 4 March 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Doesn’t look like the Student Fee Protection Pledge had the effect you guys were hoping it would. In fact, it looks like all three of the candidates associated with it took a hit.

  3. Nick Jones said, on 4 March 2009 at 11:20 pm

    The pledge is about what you believe in, not votes Jimi. I’m sorry you don’t see the world that way.

  4. Jimi Alexander said, on 5 March 2009 at 12:05 am

    Candidate Jones:

    Clearly, Evan and Connor were sincerely hoping that the people that read this blog would send in their votes for you. Otherwise they wouldn’t have mentioned your name in every single blog entry about the election since yesterday, and numerous mentions before. The whole agreement Evan and Connor have with you amounts to an endorsement contingent on you signing and upholding their Student Fee Protection Pledge. And endorsements in political context mean votes. It’s votes that decide the election, and right now you are sadly suffering from a dearth of them that put you a mere 21 votes over being eliminated tonight. Somehow I don’t think we’d be hearing about how “the pledge is about what you believe in” if you had fared better this evening.

    I wish you all the best, Candidate Jones.

    Sincerely,
    Jimi Alexander
    Campaign Manager – Elyachar for ASUA Senate

    P.S. Yes, I’m aware my candidate didn’t fare much better; and yes, I am aware that we’re in the Hall of Shame.

  5. Connor Mendenhall said, on 5 March 2009 at 7:12 am

    It is a disappointment that the pledge didn’t have a clear effect, but it’s not a surprise. Last year at the Wildcat, we found only three candidates fit for office, but those endorsements–read by a couple orders of magnitude more students–didn’t have a clear effect on the results either. I suspect that student government elections are influenced much more by factors like the size of each candidate’s social network and its proximity to folks who care about ASUA (namely: current students involved in ASUA) than policy, newspaper endorsements, or a couple guys whining on the Internet.

    It’s worth more exploration, though. Hold tight–I’ll be back with charts.

  6. Evan Lisull said, on 5 March 2009 at 8:13 am

    Jimi, you seem to be saying that Q+S <Q, where Q = number of voters and S = the effect of the survey. But what is Q? And what is S? It seems that one could easily compose an alternate hypothesis where Mr. Jones would be eliminated, but is saved only by his signing of the pledge. Curiously, Ms. Bratt managed to finish exactly 21 votes away from 10th place – which means, should these standings hold, that she would be the first candidate to not get a seat. Would she have done better if she had refrained from reneging on her promise?

    The thing is, we have no idea, and that’s a problem that I’m hoping you, as a campaign manager, can help us with. From different channels, I’ve been asked who votes in ASUA elections – and outside of mumbling about “Greek Life” and “ASUA”, I really have no idea. What, for instance, does your candidate’s constituency look like? In planning this campaign, what targets did you have in mind for getting out the vote? What about the other candidates? Was it possible to have predicted Mr. Atjian’s domination of the field before the days of the election?

    As far as the argument that S < Se goes, I’ll echo my colleague and say that this is a media endorsement, not a PAC a la CCC. The rhetoric on the site is more powerful than its actual influence.

  7. […] by Connor Mendenhall on March 5th, 2009 Reader Jimi Alexander raises a worthy question in the comments: just how effective are third-party projects like candidate endorsements and our fee protection […]


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