Obama Barely Beat Romney in Danville

Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney in every city in Contra Costa County, but Danville was the closest. Tell us in the comments section why you think Danville is more conservative than the rest of the county.

The presidential contest was decisive in Contra Costa County, according to final figures released today by the County Registrar of voters. Barack Obama defeated challenger Mitt Romney in every city.

In total, 442,143 Contra Costa voters cast ballots for president. Of those, 290,824 voted for Obama, and 136,517 voted for Romney.

In some cities (Danville and Clayton), Obama won a narrow victory. In others (Richmond and Martinez), the president fairly well trounced his opponent.

Danville was the closest. With a total of 24,022 votes cast, 11,870 were for Obama and 11,521 were for Romney.

Obama did much better in San Ramon, where 81 percent of registered voters there chose Obama 17,410 to Romney’s 11,028.

In Walnut Creek, the outcome was decisive. Of the 36,755 votes cast (an 84 percent turnout, by the way), Obama received 22,918 votes to Romney’s 12,718.

It was also close in Clayton – Obama won with 3,210 votes, to Romney’s 3020. 6230

As expected, Obama did well in blue collar cities like Martinez (home to Democratic powerhouse George Miller), where he received 11,641 to Romney’s 5,527, with an 80 percent turnout.

But the president did equally well in upper-income cities like Orinda, where he won 7,158 to 3,958. 86 percent of registered Orindans cast their ballots in the last election.

In the town of Moraga, Obama beat Romney 5,244 to 3,487, with an 85 percent turnout.

86 percent of Lafayette voters went to the polls and cast 9,001 votes for Obama to 5,174 votes for Romney.

In Concord, which had a 78 percent turnout, Obama won with 30,475 to Romney’s 14,621. Peace and Freedom candidate Roseanne Barr did relatively well in Concord, winning 212 votes there (the most of any Contra Costa city), though she received less than the 225 write-in votes in that city.

In Pleasant Hill, Obama beat Romney by more than 50 percent, garnering 10,746 votes to Romney’s 4,868.

The 85 percent of El Cerrito voters chose Obama by a 90 percent margin – 10,496 to 1,391.

In Hercules, 77 percent of the voters chose Obama 7,929 to 1,901.

In Pinole, 6,027 votes were cast for Obama, 1,935 for Romney with 79 percent casting votes.

In East County, Antioch (24,105 to 9,262), Brentwood (11,415 to 9,232), Oakley (7,195 to 4,381) and Pittsburg (15,681 to 3,598) all went for Obama, as did Richmond (22,912 to 3,025) and San Pablo (5,365 to 623) in West County.

In unincorporated areas of the county, a total of 43,026 voted for Obama, and 25,247 voted for Romney.

UPDATE: Here's the breakdown city-by-city along with a comparison of the 2008 vote for Obama with the 2012 vote.

2008 2012

Obama vote change

Obama McCain Obama Romney Antioch 68.5% 29.3% 70.5% 27.1% 2.0% Brentwood 56.7% 41.3% 53.9% 43.6% -2.8% Clayton 54.8% 43.3% 50.4% 47.4% -4.4% Concord 66.2% 31.4% 65.4% 31.4% -0.8% Danville 55.0% 43.4% 49.7% 48.3% -5.2% El Cerrito 84.9% 12.5% 85.0% 11.3% 0.1% Hercules 77.1% 21.5% 79.1% 19.0% 2.0% Lafayette 67.2% 30.5% 61.8% 35.5% -5.4% Martinez 67.7% 29.5% 65.5% 31.1% -2.3% Moraga 62.7% 35.1% 58.5% 38.9% -4.2% Oakley 60.8% 36.8% 60.1% 36.6% -0.7% Orinda 67.2% 30.7% 62.6% 34.6% -4.6% Pinole 71.9% 25.9% 73.7% 23.7% 1.8% Pittsburg 77.1% 21.0% 79.7% 18.3% 2.5% Pleasant Hill 69.1% 28.2% 66.3% 30.0% -2.8% Richmond 87.7% 10.5% 88.5% 9.0% 0.8% San Pablo 85.8% 12.2% 87.7% 10.2% 1.9% San Ramon 62.0% 36.1% 59.9% 37.9% -2.1% Walnut Creek 65.1% 32.7% 62.8% 34.8% -2.3% COUNTY 67.7% 30.1% 66.2% 31.1% -1.5%

Why do you think Romney did better in Danville than all other Contra Costa County cities? Let us know in the comments section.


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Sam Clemens December 05, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Step 1 raise the rates. Step two close the loop holes. Bang, bang. We got lot's more cash to feed the govt beast.
Sam Clemens December 05, 2012 at 09:07 PM
After all, the Fed and Chinese are saving the Fed Govt's bacon. Why not CA, IL, Detroit etc too? It's so easy to spend what don't u have (as they used to say in Athens)
Tom December 06, 2012 at 01:07 AM
The true face of the teachers union: An animated video produced by a California teachers union uses the crude imagery of a rich man urinating on common folks to decry what narrator Ed Asner claims is rich people’s refusal to pay their share of taxes. The crude footage is part of a “Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale,” an eight-minute video written and directed by California Federation of Teachers’ communications director Fred Glass. In it, Asner describes a mythical land that seems to represent the U.S. and how it financed its services. He says the rich sought to evade taxes and put their money into “Wall Street” – yet another clue to the real identity of the storybook country. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/05/california-teachers-union-video-shows-rich-man-urinating-on-poor-to-make-case/#ixzz2EEIaC8hZ
Sam Clemens December 06, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Mythical land we live in. So it is with some teenagers spending parents money,, as with our government buying votes with money they don't have. There seems to be no chance to right this ship. We have passed the tipping point I fear. Sad for future generations. I can shrug as Atlas. But it feels like the fat lady is singing.
Johnny Johnson December 06, 2012 at 03:33 AM
The richest Americans are Democrats and they willingly pay their fair share of taxes. Someone explain to me why the Farrrrr Right don't want to pay any taxes, yet they want to spent Trillions on Military to protect us against "THEM"! Where is the money to come from? Money Trees? Who are "THEM" that we are being protected from? Seriously?


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