The attached map should help explain, in a demographic context, how Republican Matt Doheny lost the 21st Congressional District race.
Sure, there's a lot to be said about a low-key but successful campaign by Democratic Rep. Bill Owens (few doubters are saying "lackluster" today). And Mr. Doheny's campaign had its own litany of problems. But the map shows that several north country counties shifted toward President Obama versus their totals in 2008.
The map is based on stats by New York Public Interest Research Group stats wiz Bill Mahoney, who used New York Times data.
Five counties voted in lower percentages for Mr. Obama in 2012 than voted for Mr. Obama in 2012. That includes St. Lawrence, a majority Obama county that he still won big. But seven counties saw an uptick in Obama votes, including Jefferson and Lewis.
More on this in tomorrow's newspaper.