Let’s get this out of the way from the onset; the only way Steve Ortega is elected mayor in June is when pigs fly. The mathematics of last Saturday’s election clearly spells this out, contrary to UTEP political pundits that clearly have no basic understanding of basic mathematics.
For clarity, so that the El Paso Times will understand this; Steve Ortega did not lose. Steve Ortega did not come in a close second.
Steve Ortega was repudiated by the electorate of El Paso.
But just for argument’s sake, let’s do some number crunching for the El Paso Times and Bob Moore who are just desperate to get their guy into office. After all, what else will keep them relevant with an increasingly dissatisfied readership?
The cold hard facts for the Steve Ortega camp.
160 precincts cast a ballot for mayor. The average result was 47% in favor of Oscar Leeser and only 22% in favor of Steve Ortega.
The average difference between votes for Oscar Leeser and Steve Ortega in the 160 precincts is 74 in favor of Oscar Leeser, per precinct.
In fact, Steve Ortega only won five of the 160 precincts. That is only 3% of all of the precincts.
To make matters worse, there were only 13 precincts where the difference in votes cast between Oscar Leeser and Steve Ortega was 10, or less. Each of those precincts reported less than 100 votes cast in the mayoral election. In other words, Steve Ortega only had a chance to win 11% of the precincts where a ballot was cast.
Here are two pie charts that clearly demonstrate the repudiation of Steve Ortega by the electorate.
First, here are the voters who voted against Steve Ortega.
And finally, the number of precincts won by Steve Ortega.
The electorate’s message was very clear; they do not want anything Steve Ortega is selling.