Missoula City Council election, by the numbers

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Here are seven figures that stood out from last night's City Council election results.

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The margin of victory between newcomer Adam Hertz and incumbent Pam Walzer in Ward Two. It's close enough to trigger an automatic recount.

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As in, Ward Two, the notoriously enigmatic player when it comes to City Council elections. The Indy wrote about it after the last election, when progressive Roy Houseman beat conservative John Hendrickson by 262 votes, an unusually decisive victory for the ward. Before that, progressive John Couch lost by 34 votes in 2005. In 2003, conservative Don Nicholson beat Elizabeth Macasaet by just six votes. Walzer, a progressive, won in 2007 by nearly 100 votes. Now Hertz, who leans conservative, wins by three, pending the recount.

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The number of write-in votes counted for Ward Two. Wonder if those voters wished they had cast their ballots differently? And, considering Walzer and Hertz were such strong candidates, who did they write in?

Alex Taft
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Percentage of the vote won by newcomer Alex Taft in Ward Three, as well as the percentage of voters in favor of the referendum against corporations as people, both the highest in contested races. Cynthia Wolken ran unopposed in Ward Two and garnered 92 percent of the vote.

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Number of incumbents ousted, pending the Hertz/Walzer recount. Mike O'Herron beat Renee Mitchell in Ward Five, and Caitlin Copple nudged Lyn Hellegaard in Ward Four.

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Number of incumbents who retained their seats, again pending the Hertz/Walzer recount. Jason Wiener won handily in Ward One, as did Ed Childers in Ward Six and Wolken in Ward Two.

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We're rounding up from the 50.93 percent voter turnout for a measly City Council election. That's nearly 15,000 ballots out of 29,425 registered voters. Good on you, Missoula.

View more numbers from the full results, available at the Office of Elections website.

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