Gubernatorial Elections & COVID-19

Elections matter.

Tomas McIntee
Oct 17, 2020 · 5 min read
Image remixed from Creative Commons images (1, 2) and COVID-19 data from here.
Own work. The difference between off-year states and biennial states is a factor of four. States with 2020 elections have both a lower cumulative death total and death rate than states without. The partisan relationship has weakened over time and is more ambiguous: The cumulative total of deaths is slightly higher in states with Democratic governors, but the rate of deaths is slightly higher in states with Republican governors.

Higher turnout means more accountability

On the left side, darker shades correspond to higher COVID-19 deaths per capita. On the right side, darker shades correspond to lower voter turnout.

Competence matters more than party affiliation

The results are in

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Tomas McIntee

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Dr. Tomas McIntee is a mathematician and occasional social scientist with stray degrees in physics and philosophy.

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News and ideas worthy of discourse. Fundamentally informative and intelligently analytical.

Tomas McIntee

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Dr. Tomas McIntee is a mathematician and occasional social scientist with stray degrees in physics and philosophy.

Dialogue & Discourse

News and ideas worthy of discourse. Fundamentally informative and intelligently analytical.

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