Partisan success varies precinct-by-precinct in Columbia

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 | 9:22 p.m. CST; updated 9:33 p.m. CST, Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Results from Tuesday’s election revealed strong partisan tendencies across the ballot in Columbia, with Democrats pulling support from precincts around MU and Republicans faring well in the southern part of town. The Missourian examined voting patterns for the presidential, gubernatorial and congressional races in 96 of 101 Boone County precincts. Data from five precincts were excluded because the Missourian has not been able to confirm the exact locations of these precincts with the county clerk. An analysis of election returns from the Boone County clerk’s office Web site focusing on Columbia precincts showed clusters of strong partisan support in both central and southern sectors of the city.