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The US Electoral College (video)
Click here for a link to a video from The Economist explaining the Electoral College used to choose the US President, its effects in recent elections, and a hint at what recent population changes have done to the prospects of the Democrats and Republicans in November’s Obama versus Romney line-up.
Analysis: Mayoral election
Boris Johnson has been re-elected as Mayor of London. First round— Boris Johnson (Conservative) 971,931 (+1.53%) Ken Livingston (Labour) 889,918 (+3.92%) Jenny Jones (Green) 98,913 (+1.33%) Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrat) 91,774 (-5.47%) Siobhan Benita (Independent) 83,914 (n/a) Lawrence Webb (UKIP) 43,274 (+1.05%) Carlos Cortiglia (BNP) 28,751 (-1.54%) Boris and Ken got 44.01% and 40.3%...
Analysis: London Assembly
Labour gained two constituency seats on the London Assembly (Barnet & Camden and Ealing & Hillingdon). After applying the modified d’Hondt formula and awarding London-wide seats the make-up of the London Assembly is as follows— Labour 12 (+4) Conservative 9 (-2) Green 2 (±0) Liberal Democrat 2 (-1) UKIP 0 (±0) BNP 0 (-1) UKIP would have regained London Assembly representation,...
Analysis: Mayoral referenda and elections outside...
Outside London there were eleven referenda on, and two elections for, directly elected Mayors. I know it’s Liverpool, and Labour had a very good Thursday, but Joe Anderson should be chuffed with his 59.33% majority, and first round victory, in an election with twelve candidates. The Labour candidate also won in Salford. Doncaster voted to keep its Mayor by 62% to 38%. Of the ten cities...
Analysis: local elections
Outside London it was a uniformly good night for Labour. Professors Rallings and Thrasher estimated a gain of 700 Councillors for Labour and a loss of 250 to 350 Councillors each for the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. Professor Travers predicted 700 to 800 gains for Labour, 500 to 600 losses for the Conservatives and 100 to 200 losses for the Liberal Democrats. Of the seats that were up...