November 15, 2008

November 13, 2008

The Great Venezuelan Electoral Data Dump of 2008

Quico says: This is something I'd been trying to get a hold of for a very long time: the parish-by-parish results of every major election and referendum since 1998, all in a single, tidy Excel spreadsheet!

Now, thanks to the gracious volunteer work of José Huerta (mayor hat tip!), we all get to play with it.

The spreadsheet includes fields for:
  • Registered Voters
  • Votes
  • Valid Votes
  • Null Votes
  • Votes for the government
  • Votes against the government
  • The 1998 Presidential Election
  • The 1999 Referendum to Ratify the Constitution
  • The 2000 Presidential Election
  • The 2004 Presidential Recall Referendum
  • The 2006 Presidential Election
  • The 2007 Constitutional Reform Referendum
Best of all, it's all broken down by state, municipality and parish.

First person to unearth a counterintuitive pattern from these data wins a lollypop. Numberheads, knock yourselves out.

Datanalisis Governors' Race Forecasts

Quico says: Well, coming just after the US presidential race, you have to say that the Venezuelan regional elections are a Data Poor Environment. The most recent comprehensive assessment I could find is a month and a half old.

Here's how Datanalisis had the governor's races back then:

Solid Chavista: 11 states + Greater Caracas
(Falcón, Lara, Trujillo, Mérida, Apure, Vargas, Aragua, Anzoátegui, Monagas, Delta Amacuro, Bolívar, Greater Caracas.)
Population: 12.7 million - 47% of the country.

Lean Chavista:
2 states
(Miranda, Yaracuy)
Population: 3.3 million - 12% of the country.

Solid Dissident Chavista: 2 states
(Barinas, Portuguesa)
Population 1.6 million - 6% of the country.

Lean Dissident Chavista:
1 state
Population 700,000 - 3% of the country.

Solid Opposition: 4 states
(Carabobo, Cojedes, Nueva Esparta, Sucre)
Population 3.9 million - 14% of the country.

Lean Opposition:
2 states
(Zulia, Táchira)
Population 4.7 million - 17% of the contry.

No election:
1 state
Population 0.1 million - >1% of the country.

There's a fair bit of guesswork in these numbers, which are old to begin with. There are still plenty of places where splits within the government (Carabobo), the opposition (Bolívar) or both (Yaracuy) could still be resolved at the last moment and change the dynamic of the race.

You could legitimately ask whether Julio Cesar Reyes still counts as a "dissident chavista" after cozying up to the oppo leadership in Caracas, and to what extent the independent-minded Henry Falcón really counts as a chavista in Lara. And you can't help but notice that at least three places that should be competitive (Greater Caracas, Anzoátegui and Mérida) don't appear to be, because the government has conveniently disqualified the opposition's strongest candidates via the comptroller's office.

Still and all, that map seems like a decent baseline on what to expect on November 23rd. The government is still very likely to keep the governorships where most Venezuelans live. I say Miranda is likely to be the most telling race. For sheer symbolic weight, though, it's hard to top Barinas.

(Of course, if you have a more recent assessment, do send it along.)

November 12, 2008

43 - 30 - 19

Quico says: Click to enlarge.