Off-Topic: No, Donald Trump *didn't* "win Mitt Romney's hometown"
2018 MIDTERM ELECTION
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OK, this is not only off topic, it's not even a particularly significant issue, but it bugs me because...well, frankly, because it's about my hometown.
Over on Twitter, several pundits/reporters have made this claim:
Trump dominated Oakland County Michigan, which includes Mitt Romney's hometown. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/wcsBcbFz7h
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 9, 2016
Childhood home of Willard Mitt Romney. https://t.co/BxH4b1nRUb
— Amy Sullivan (@sullivanamy) March 9, 2016
While this makes for a fun “Isn’t It Ironic??” meme, it’s not the case at all.
“Oakland County” has a whopping 1.23 million people, and includes very un-Romney cities like Pontiac, Southfield and so forth.
“Mitt Romney’s hometown” refers to Bloomfield Hills, although this also includes the surrounding areas of Bloomfield Township (which includes the Cranbrook* private school where Mitt beat up and forcibly shaved a gay kid in his youth) and Birmingham (but not West Bloomfield, which is quite different).
When you limit the primary results to Mitt’s actual hometown, the Bloomfield-Birmingham area, the picture looks like this:
As you can see, John Kasich won this area (as I expected he would) with 41.5% of the GOP total vs. Trump’s 31%.
And yes, Kasich still won if you limit to the actual city of Bloomfield Hills itself, although closer (40% to 34%), although that's out of just 1,219 votes total.
Just wanted to clear that up.
*FUN FACT: This is also the “Cranbrook” referred to by Eminem in the final Rap Battle scene from “8 Mile”: