- Terelle Jerricks
By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
According to a report released by the Los Angeles County registrars office, Democrats make half the number of the county’s registered voters while Republicans make up 22 percent. With demographics like these, it’s no surprise that the county and by extension, the Harbor turned a deeper shade of blue.
With the 2012 election turnout in Los Angeles County was 66 percent, this year’s election didn’t reach the historic highs of 2008, which exceeded 80 percent in most cities. Nevertheless, there were still quite a few noteworthy happenings.
The 47th Congressional district race between Long Beach Councilman Gary DeLong and and State Assemblyman and longtime Long Beach political figure, Alan Lowenthal looked more like an avalanche than a landslide, with Lowenthal garnering almost 60 percent of the vote to DeLong’s 34.27 percent districtwide.
Representative-elect Lowenthal is going to experience a culture-shock of sorts when he gets Washington D.C., where he will be in the minority party. Lowenthal said he was excited and hoped that the American peoples’ message to support President Barack Obama got through.
“I think that that message was sent loud and clear,” Lowenthal said. “That was why the president was re-elected. I hope that the Congress works with the president and I’m fully prepared to support and work with the president.”
Lowenthal said that this is the first time since Reconstruction that gridlock has been this particularly bad. He hopes that ends.
“We are going to see very quickly, whether the lame-duck session is able to deal with the debt ceiling and the sequestration issues,” Lowenthal said. “We’ll get a clearer picture by the end of December whether this Congress and the leadership really want to compromise and work with the president.”
The 44th Congressional race between Rep. Janice Hahn and Rep. Laura Richardson felt like a foregone conclusion after Hahn trounced Richardson by 60 to 40 percent margin in the primary. In some ways, it was foregone conclusion given that Hahn won by the same margin in the Nov. 6 general election. Hahn won every every precinct and every city in the district except for Compton, where Richardson garnered 47.42 percent to Hahn’s 44.60 percent. Voter turnout was a just a couple of points lower than the 44th Congressional District overall at 45.28 percent.
The 66th Assembly District was only one of a few contests statewide in which both parties thought they could win. The race pitted perennial Republican candidate Craig Huey against Torrance school board member and Democrat Albert Muratsuchi. Though each candidate raised more than a $1 million, Huey was not able win any precincts outside of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
How the Harbor Area Voted
Overall, with 53.05 percent voting, San Pedro residents, at 64.63 percent, re-elected the president, with 31.24 percent favoring Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
Broken down further, with precinct covering the South Shores neighborhood 55.37percent of residents turned out to vote, choosing to reelect Obama by 60.46 percent to Romney’s 35.25 percent.
In precincts covering the neighborhoods in Northwest San Pedro, 55.43 percent turned out to vote. They also re-elected the president at 61.43 percent.
Precincts covering neighborhoods in Central San Pedro was the only place in San Pedro where turnout dipped below 50 percent with 48.92 percent turning out to vote. It was also in Central San Pedro that Obama got the highest percentage of votes with 72.12 percent.
In Los Angeles as a whole, with 51.13 percent voting, Obama garnered 74.85 percent to Romney’s 21.20 percent.
Torrance mirroring similar numbers as in 2008 but with a lower turnout, 55.16 percent turned out to vote, choosing Obama over Romney by 50.22 percent to 45.65 percent.
Lomita had perhaps the lowest voter turnout in the Harbor Area with only 40.06 percent voting. Even so, Obama took the city 54.21 percent to Romney’s 41.43 percent.
Voting turnout in Carson didn’t reach 2008 highs, but with 53.73 percent turnout, Obama garnered 79.10 percent of the vote — albeit with several thousand fewer votes.
Long Beach, with turnout dipping below 50 percent at 46.41 percent, overwhelmingly supported the president at 67.98 percent to Romney’s 28.12 percent.
Cities in the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the most part stuck to the same patterns as 2008 with all of them voting for Romney. Voter turnout in all of those cities hovered around 60 percent. In 2008, Rancho Palos Verdes with 86 percent voter turnout was closely split between Sen. John McCain and then-Sen. Barack Obama at 49.58 percent to 46.82 percent. This time around, Obama garnered only 43.21 percent to Romney’s 53.08 percent.
Assistant Editor Zamná Ávila contributed to this article.