For this first time in years, my job did not require me to stay up all night after the election crunching precinct results. But it turns out I can’t help myself.
I was curious to look at the Hamilton County Auditor’s race, for a number of reasons:
- Auditor Dusty Rhodes, a conservative Democrat, has run unopposed for as long as I can remember;
- Despite Rhodes’ high name identification, former state Rep. Tom Brinkman Jr. would undoubtedly benefit from the looming Republican wave;
- The auditor’s declining property appraisals might potentially raise interesting issues related to voter discontent with property values and taxes;
- I had an extra hour over the weekend.
Despite Republican up the ballot, Rhodes won with 55.4 percent of the vote, and the map seems to fall pretty much along traditional party lines: