By Jim Smith
Although John McCain won the Republican primary, the total number of votes does not bode well for Republicans in November. McCain’s total votes were less than 9% of Obama’s total in Venice. In the general election in 2004, George Bush was able to win 13% of the votes in Venice, a stellar performance compared to McCain’s.
Third party candidates fared poorly in Venice, perhaps due to Obamania. Only some of the results are posted, but of those that are available, candidates for most third parties received fewer votes than in previous elections.