Philadelphia Came out in Astronomical Numbers for Obama

Heather Ginsberg

11/11/2012 10:03:00 AM - Heather Ginsberg

In Philadelphia President Obama won the city with 85% of the vote, but in 13 precincts he won 99% or more. This vote is mostly due to the large African American populations in these wards. Obama carried these same ones in 2008.

Even though many voters were not as enthusiastic to vote this year, these wards in Philadelphia managed to be just as excited to vote for Obama.

"In this election, you had to point out to the people what was at stake. And in many cases, they felt that the Romney doctrine was not going to favor the working man," said Edgar "Sonny" Campbell.

Campbell is leader of West Philadelphia's Fourth Ward, where Obama received 9,955 votes. Romney? Just 55. Even McCain received 60 votes in 2008. In Philadelphia Democrats outnumber Republican voters by almost 7 to1. No matter what the odds though, it almost never happens that a politician can garner 99% of the vote or more in a town they weren’t born in.

Philadelphia's numbers were tilted so far in favor of Obama that one incredulous Republican revived the specter of voter fraud.

State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D. Philadelphia) said, "If they believe there was a corruption of the process, then go to court and challenge it. Show the people of Pennsylvania. Beyond that, shut up."