Mapping the 2009 Tulsa mayoral primary

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I have put together a very crude map showing the variation by precinct in the results in last month's Republican primary for Mayor of Tulsa. The base map is from the University of Oklahoma Center for Spatial Analysis. I added dots, using colors to indicate Dewey Bartlett Jr's share of the vote in each precinct: Under 40%, 40%-49%, 50-59%, 60-69%, 70% and over. Because percentages get strange with small numbers of votes, I didn't map precincts with less than 25 voters. The file is a PDF, 1.7 MB.

I'd love to have the GIS tools to show shaded precinct areas or shaded circles of a size proportionate to the number of votes, automagically driven by the numbers in a database, but for now you'll have to make do with this handcrafted map.


Do you see a familiar pattern?

MORE: A 1998 Tulsa World story showed a similar pattern in the home addresses of then-Mayor Susan Savage's appointees to city authorities, boards, and commissions:

The World study found that 73 of Savage's current board appointments, or 58 percent, live in Districts 8 and 9, areas that generally cover the south and southeastern parts of the city.

While midtown and southside make up the bulk of Savage's appointments, just 16 of the 127 Savage appointments, 12 percent, live in the north and east sides of town.

Fifty-five Savage appointees, or 43 percent of the total, live within two miles of her Maple Ridge residence [18th and Owasso]....

The story indicated that District 9 had 53 appointees, District 8 had 20, District 2 and 4 had 15 appointees each, District 1 and 7 had 8 each, District 3 had 4, District 5 and 6 had 2 apiece. Unfortunately, the map that accompanied the story is not on the web, but it shows that nearly all of the District 4 appointees came from the far western part of the district (near Savage's home), and nearly all of the District 2 appointees lived in Precincts 46 and 47, midtown precincts that were moved to District 4 in the 2001 redistricting.

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It's strange that those red dots's as if it's a little red belt, right where some of Tulsa's more wealthy citizens live. Nah, I must be imagining it.

DaWizard said:

Oh!! heck no Stevo ... you just need glasses ... these are the people who just want the best for Tulsa ... and of course in their minds they are Tulsa, no one else counts! So, get back in your corner and wear you're ''white trash' badge with pride.


recyclemichael said:

Good research.

Of course, this doesn't just show where candidate Bartlett's strength was in that primary, it also reflects where his opponents strengths were.

Chris Medlock probably did better in the area where he served as a city councilor and Anna Falling probably did better in the areas where her non-profit group reaches out to.

Paul said:

There are some additional heat maps of the tulsa area at

containing current info on real estate prices, school performance and demographics, as well as unemployment info

Bob said:

This Mayoral election is a Hobson's Choice for concerned conservatives.

Neither of the major candidates is anywhere close to a candidate that I would want to vote for.

If I don't vote, my vote is lost.

A vote for the Independent(s) is probably in effect a vote for Adelson, because it is more than likely that disaffected GOP Conservatives would be casting a protest vote for Mr. Perkins, rather than for Bartlett.

So, how does politically savvy Michael Bates resolve this conundrum??

Hold his nose, and vote for Dewey, Jr.?

W. said:

Bob, I suspect Michael will eventually announce that he will vote for Dewey, but long after the Republican circular firing squad is through mortally wounding each other and its candidate.

So who are you voting for, W.?

S. Lee said:

Past elections have made it clear Dewey is a weak candidate. However, he has just enough name recognition and just enough money behind him to make it difficult for new people to emerge. Although a short term loss, it could be to the long term benefit of the local GOP to sit this one out and insist on a stronger candidate. As time passes and old-timers move on, the name will carry less weight.

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