We’re always amazed by this: How big was the turnout in Virginia this week?
This morning, Trip Gabriel reports on the way some Republicans in Virginia are responding to the loss of the State House. At one point, Gabriel discusses the size of this week’s turnout in the state.
The Times is supposed to be our smartest newspaper. We’re always amazed by this sort of thing:
GABRIEL (11/7/13): For Democrats, the great lesson of the night was that they had the ability to reassemble significant parts of President Obama’s coalition even when he was not on the ballot. Virginia has a history of younger voters and minority voters, who provided a surge for the president one year ago, dropping away in nonpresidential elections.Turnout by white and older voters did not significantly rise compared with last November? We’re always amazed by journalism like that.
Turnout on Tuesday by white and older voters did not significantly rise compared with last November. The same percentage of African-Americans, one in five voters, went to the polls, according to exit polling conducted by Edison Research. They overwhelmingly picked Mr. McAuliffe.
Voters 18 to 29 years old represented 13 percent of the electorate, lower than for the presidential race but not as much of a drop-off as in previous off-year elections, said Ashley Bauman, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Virginia.
Turnout did not significantly rise? Below, you see overall Virginia turnout in these two elections:
Total turnout in Virginia elections (approximate):Gabriel specifically cites two groups. He says turnout by those groups didn’t significantly rise.
November 2012: 3.7 million
November 2013: 2.2 million
Can that really be what he means?
You may feel you know what Gabriel means. That isn’t the point we’re making.
Gabriel writes for the New York Times. Why can’t he and his editor write what he actually means?
Our simplest journalistic standards are just extremely low. On a wide array of topics, discussion spirals from there.