On March 13, 2018, Democrat Conor Lamb won the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional district by a slim margin of just over 600 votes. This was a significant upset, considering that the previous incumbent, Republican Tim Murphy, hadn’t been seriously challenged for over a decade, and that the district voted for Donald Trump by … More How did Conor Lamb win PA-18?
Hello! I’m Gregory Naigles, and welcome to my website. I am a geography whiz, political data expert, and mapping guru who has collected, analyzed, and mapped election results from all fifty states for over seven years. In this website are examples of my work, some of which has been published in peer-reviewed journals. My education … More About Me
In late January, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state’s Republican-drawn congressional district map violated the state constitution’s guarantee of free and equal elections. That map, which was brutally gerrymandered, consistently sent a congressional delegation of 13 Republicans and 5 Democrats to Washington despite Pennsylvania generally being a fairly evenly divided state politically. The … More My Proposal for how Pennsylvania should Redraw its Congressional Districts
Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District will host a special election on March 13, 2018 after its previous incumbent, Republican Tim Murphy, resigned due to a sex scandal. The candidates in this special election are Republican Rick Saccone, a state representative, and Democrat Conor Lamb, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney. A Libertarian candidate is also in the … More Analysis of PA-18: Does Conor Lamb have a path to victory in the special election?
The 2017 U.S. Senate special election in Alabama was a political earthquake in more ways than one. Not only did a Democrat win a statewide election in Alabama for the first time since 2008, and a U.S. Senate election for the first time since 1992, but Democrat Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama used a coalition … More Analysis of the Results of the 2017 U.S. Senate Special Election in Jefferson County, Alabama, and the Three Types of Precincts There
On November 7, 2017, New Jersey held a general election to elect its Governor and state legislature. The gubernatorial election was an open seat, as Republican incumbent Chris Christie was term-limited. The state legislature was controlled by Democrats before the election, with Democrats holding a 24-16 majority in the State Senate and a 52-28 majority … More The Definitive Guide to the Results of New Jersey’s 2017 Gubernatorial and State Legislative Elections, illustrated with maps!
New Hampshire used to be a heavily Republican state. For over a century, Republicans were clearly the majority party in New Hampshire, and Democratic wins, though they happened occasionally, were clearly the exception to the rule. During that time, New Hampshire produced such notable Republicans as Styles Bridges, Norris Cotton, Warren Rudman, and the (still … More How Has New Hampshire’s Political Geography Shifted Since 2000?
New Jersey has a reputation (Chris Christie aside) for being a solidly Democratic state, and thus it was widely expected to vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Many people even expected Hillary to improve on Obama’s 2008 and 2012 performances, due to New Jersey’s large concentration of college-educated white voters, a demographic … More What on Earth Happened in 2016, Part 5 – New Jersey Presidential Election and Demographic Analysis
Massachusetts is well known as one of the most Democratic states in the country. There was no doubt that it would vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election – the only question was by what margin. The Democratic candidate’s margin of victory in Massachusetts had not changed a lot in the previous three … More What on Earth Happened in 2016, Part 4 – Massachusetts Presidential Election and Marijuana Referendum
Maine was a bit off the radar in the run-up to the 2016 elections – despite it being one of only two states that split their electoral votes by congressional district, and despite polls showing that the previously Democratic 2nd District could go to Trump, it was mostly ignored by political analysts in favor of … More What on Earth Happened in 2016, Part 3 – Maine Presidential Election and Ballot Referendums
Connecticut lived up to its reputation as a blue state in the 2016 elections. It gave Hillary Clinton a solid 14-point margin of victory, a small drop from Obama’s 17-point margin in 2012 but still a solid victory. However, the winning coalition that Clinton put together in Connecticut was markedly different from Obama’s 2012 coalition. … More What on Earth Happened in 2016, Part 2 – Connecticut statewide elections