|Angela Davis, Democratic|
Candidate, Marion County
These results confirmed everything I have thought about these list type races where few voters know the candidates:
- The party slate performs better in low turnout primaries such as mid-term elections when there is no presidential race on the ballot.
- Female candidates have a huge edge on male candidates. Not only on the Democratic side did women lead the field, on the Republican side, a woman, Judge Cynthia Ayres, finished first in the voting.
- Having a common name is very helpful. "Angela Davis" is a common name. She had never been a candidate before. I highly doubt 90% of the voters yesterday could have told you the first thing about Angela Davis. Yet she led the field.
- Being at the top of the ballot helps.
Nonetheless, I expect that this election season probably marks the end of the Marion County system of selecting judges, including slating which involves judicial candidates paying tens of thousands of dollars in slating fees in contravention of the judicial ethics rules.