If you know me, I am not a fan of the Libertarian “philosophy” and I generally find Libertarian candidates to be anti-social blowhards. I say this out loud and from the get go so that you can understand my biases and judge accordingly.
Noting the disclosure, I set out to analyze the effect, if any, Adrian Wyllie had on Florida’s 2014 gubernatorial election.
I became interested because a friend of mine- who is a Democrat – was lamenting about the FACT that Libertarian Adrian Wyllie was the reason that Charlie Crist is not the next Governor of Florida.
Interestingly, they asked my opinion about their FACT.
So, I promised I would do a quick analysis and publish it on the Ozean Blog.
I came up with the following possible hypotheses for evaluation:
- Adrian Wyllie had no effect on the Gubernatorial race.
- Adrian Wyllie ‘took’ more votes from Crist than Scott.
- Adrian Wyllie ‘took’ more votes from Scott than Crist.
- Adrian Wyllie ‘took’ votes from both Scott and Crist equally.
- Adrian Wyllie ‘took’ votes from neither Scott or Crist, instead Wyllie brought new voters to the polls.
My Working Revision:
Further study is warranted, but an initial review of the data indicates Wyllie having a far greater negative effect on Rick Scott with almost no effect on Charlie Crist. However, that is not the end of the story.
There appears to be a strong correlation of increased turnout (at least higher than the statewide turnout increase) in the counties that Wyllie performed best in.
Did Wyllie increase turnout? I am not sure yet, because it would take more research and analysis to be able to risk declaring causation.
However, from an initial glance of one afternoon’s work, there appears a revised hypothesis forming:
Wyllie may have ‘took’ votes from Governor Scott, but Wyllie also brought more new voters to the 2014 Florida Gubernatorial Campaign (at least in the counties surrounding the Tampa Bay Area)
The data and graphs are below, I would love to know your thoughts on the matter.
We are still working with non-official data for 2014 and the vote totals may change slightly.
Observations & Data
Looking at a map of Adrian Wyllie’s returns, we see he did his best in the area surrounding Tampa Bay.
|County||% of Vote Total|
For the sake of time, I narrowed my focus into analyzing this area.
From the counties studied, Wyllie received 76,283 votes.
|County||Raw Vote Total|
Governor Scott lost % points in each of these counties from 2010 to 2014.
When we compare 2010 to 2014, we see that Governor Scott lost % points in each of these counties.
|County||2010 Scott %||2014 Scott %||Change|
Charlie Crist, when compared to Alex Sink, was almost flat.
|County||2010 Sink %||2014 Crist %||Change|
There is a statistically significant negative correlation between the Wyllie percentage received and the change in votes for Governor Scott. There is no correlation between Wiley percentage and the change in votes from Sink to Scott.
|**. Correlation is significant at the 0.01 level (2-tailed).|
Statewide turnout for the election was up 1.71%
|Year||Total Votes Cast||% Turnout|
There was an average 4.29% increase in turnout in the counties studied.
|County||% increase in turnout|