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Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 11/17/2017 PSNW Author

In the midst of a national storm driven by a chaotic presidency, declining institutional trust and increasing anxiety in blue America, Seattle's voters did a funny thing. They stuck with the status quo.

Matt Driscoll - News Tribune - 11/17/2017

To Ben Anderstone of Progressive Strategies NW, part of the answer comes down to questioning the assumption led to the expectations. “It isn't necessarily true that non-white candidates do poorly in the North End," Anderstone said.

Lilly Fowler - Crosscut - 11/9/2017

According to political analyst Ben Anderstone, this result mirrors the historic trend of left-leaning candidates capturing a surge of votes in the days following the initial election.

"The lead is likely to expand and solidify," Anderstone said in a tweet.

Mason Bryan - Crosscut - 11/8/2017

In a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon, the political analyst Ben Anderstone noted that fewer than 50 percent of ballots from left-leaning strongholds — Georgetown, Columbia City and North Beacon Hill — had been received.

Knute Berger - Crosscut - 10/6/2017

Only about 15 percent of voters in Seattle are Republicans today, says political consultant Ben Anderstone. But in the late 1960s and '70s, a number of them swept into office to remake the government and pull Seattle into the modern urban age.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 10/3/2017 PSNW Author

The truth is probably somewhere in the middle — and that means a competitive race here. And, depending on national trends, the 8th District voting could be pivotal to control of the U.S. Congress.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 8/29/2017 PSNW Author

Regional divides in King County and Seattle remain. While conservatives still struggle locally, they don’t face Trumpian challenges. “Center-lane” candidates continue to be competitive in Seattle politics.

David Kroman - Crosscut - 8/15/2017

As analyst Ben Anderstone recently pointed out, changing the voting demographics of an election is a tall order. That Oliver did as well as she did is impressive in its own right. To her supporters, it's a sign of her strengths now and, at just age 31, the future. 

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 8/10/2017 PSNW Author

With 36 candidates spread among only three municipal races, voters were faced with an incredible number of choices — many genuinely viable. But the complexity also makes the race an incredible opportunity to learn more about the nuances of our city and its voters.

Knute Berger - Crosscut - 7/24/2017

According to Puget Sound political analyst Ben Anderstone, these voters comprise one of the more intriguing voter trends of recent elections: the Obama-Trump voter. Sultan and Gold Bar both went for Barack Obama in 2012, but swung heavily to Donald Trump.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 5/8/2017 PSNW Author

The Seattle mayor's race went suddenly from tepid to tumultuous last month, and the next two weeks will likely shake it up further. The official filing period for candidates opens next Monday and runs all that week.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 12/16/2016 PSNW Author

As a Democratic-leaning political consultant who studies voting patterns, I hear a lot about gerrymandering. From losses in state legislatures, to “skewed” congressional results, to even the Electoral College itself, the “g-word” has become a curse in lefty parlance.

Sean Keeley - Curbed - 11/15/2016

It’s no surprise that King County went Democrat. We all knew that was going to happen. But as Anderstone points out, there’s usually a few outlier neighborhoods like Clyde Hill or Hunts Point that go Republican. However, that wasn’t the case this year at all.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 11/15/2016 PSNW Author

There are tons of Democratic voters in Washington without college degrees. Just think Snohomish County, South King County, and Pierce County – and you can imagine where Trump might have made big gains.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 11/7/2016 PSNW Author

It's an Election Night ritual. Washington State political wonks – perennial and fair-weather – gather 'round the electronic hearths of their laptops and smartphones. They refresh frantically as soon as the clock strikes 8 p.m.

Cambria Roth - Crosscut - 9/15/2016

“Those are the places Brady seems to be adept at getting votes, and they might end up leaning his way with some persuasion,” Anderstone says. An internal poll released by Jayapal at the end of August had her leading by 14 points.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 9/1/2016 PSNW Author

This year, the reckoning is likely to be harder for some than in past years. With the final results now confirmed from the August primary, we’ve received as strong confirmation as we’re going to get: Donald Trump is a weight on local Republicans that cannot be ignored.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 5/31/2016 PSNW Author

Tuesday may not have been a sign that Trump was persuading educated, moderate Republican-leaners into his camp. It may have been a sign that he’s persuading them to stop voting Republican.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 1/7/2016 PSNW Author

The minor shaking you’re feeling from Edmonds to Burien isn’t a small earthquake. It’s the sound of a thousand Democratic politicos stirring from a light daze, jolting attentively to an upright position.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 12/29/2015 PSNW Author

Quietly, Tuesday was also a big disappointment for Sawant and her movement. Without the passage of Seattle Districts Now in 2013 — that is, if she'd had to run citywide -- Sawant probably would have lost on Tuesday.

Drew Atkins - Crosscut - 11/17/2015

The other, as Crosscut’s Ben Anderstone has noted, is that Seattle has the least amount of air conditioning of any major city other than San Francisco. And that city has average summer temperatures significantly lower than Seattle.

Matt Driscoll - News Tribune - 12/2/2015

The average turnout among Pierce County registered voters in odd-year general elections is approximately 45 percent, according to Nic Van Putten, a political consultant with Progressive Strategies NW.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 11/9/2015 PSNW Author

Last week’s election shows that Seattle’s political climate remains progressive and reform-friendly, but our political weather was rather calm. Candidates who warned of approaching stormclouds got little traction.

David Kroman - Crosscut - 10/29/2015

Political consultant and Crosscut contributor Ben Anderstone picks out a few examples of where this ripple is most obvious...“That's The Stranger's sway when it's encouraging ironic voting,” says Anderstone. “When it gets serious, it has even more influence.”

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 8/9/2015 PSNW Author

Seattle’s very first City Council primary under a new district-based election system is under our belt. Although the ballots are still being counted, early precinct results give a fascinating look at the divisions we can expect in November.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 7/31/2015 PSNW Author

I decided to dust off the data from my previous Crosscut article with Knute Berger, “Meet the Districts,” and take a look at which voter blocs could matter in each of five competitive district races. The data show they may be the cohorts that shape our next City Council.

Ellis Conklin - Seattle Weekly - 7/23/2015

That’s because the electorate in Queen Anne and Magnolia are older and vote in much greater numbers, says political strategist and pollster Ben Anderstone. In 2013, Kshama Sawant received only 43 percent of the vote in what is now the 7th District.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 6/16/2015 PSNW Author/Just for fun

If you have A/C, chances are you may have been the go-to house this past week in Seattle. While the metro area only has one percent of the U.S. population, it accounts for nearly 10 percent of the households nationwide without A/C.

Crosscut contributors - Crosscut - 5/18/2015

A few highlights: District 1 (West Seattle, South Park) is the most suburban of all the new districts, and has some of the more conservative — relatively speaking, of course — voting tendencies. Its race will be wide open, since no incumbent will be running.

What would automatic registration do in Pierce County?

Matt Driscoll - News Tribune - 3/25/2015

To put the potential impact into a local perspective, I asked Ben Anderstone, a political consultant with Progressive Strategies NW with a history of doing this sort of thing, to crunch the numbers. His conclusion was surprising.

Knute Berger - Crosscut - 12/19/2014

It took Donald Trump to politically unify King County, but it didn’t last. Following last year’s presidential election, speculation ran rampant about whether President Trump —who received a thudding 21 percent of King County ballots — would change local elections...

Edward Kimmel - Seattle Magazine - 12/1/2014

It took Donald Trump to politically unify King County, but it didn’t last. Following last year’s presidential election, speculation ran rampant about whether President Trump —who received a thudding 21 percent of King County ballots — would change local elections...

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 11/10/2014 PSNW Author

Gun control supporters have made it no secret that I-594 was a test balloon for further measures. But that invites an important question: How much can the I-594 results teach us about the future of gun control in Washington?

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 10/21/2014 PSNW Author

Washington has a handful of perennial swing districts, and Pierce County’s 28th Legislative District certainly ranks among them. Constituted entirely of Tacoma suburbs, the 28th has seen an impressive number of competitive races over the past few cycles.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 10/16/2014 PSNW Author

One of Washington’s biggest political grudge matches might be less personal than geopolitical. In the Nov. 4 election, the state’s bloodiest fight night could be way up north. The 42nd District contains the most ideologically polarized voters in Washington.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 7/29/2014 PSNW Author

Love him or hate him, iconoclastic Democratic State Sen. Tim Sheldon cuts a figure. Mustachioed and fond of suspenders, Sheldon looks in his element in the woods or on a longshore dock. He's both a local institution and a top target in this election.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 6/18/2014 PSNW Author

Here are five things you should know about the singular culture and politics of my hometown, and why I believe that Tacoma, despite all the jokes and put downs, is a very compelling place.

Marcie Sillman and Hannah Burn - KUOW - 5/9/2014

Marcie Sillman talks with political consultant Benjamin Anderstone about the competing visions for the future of King County's transportation. 

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 5/8/2014 PSNW Author

Last month, initial results of King County’s Proposition 1 vote indicated that the measure had received a beating outside of Seattle.  In ensuing weeks, Seattle-based transit advocates announced “Plan C."

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 4/27/2014 PSNW Author

With Rodney Tom out of the running, the 48th Legislative District is gearing up for a good ol’-fashioned red-on-blue rumble.  That’s bad news for the Republicans in a district where they’ve suffered a 20-year bleed of support.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 4/25/2014 PSNW Author

Commuter suburbs convincingly reject transit measure, even in areas where Sound Transit had done respectably in 2008. Proposition 1 votes were hugely polarized between Seattle and King County’s suburban communities. 

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 3/9/2014 PSNW Author

Commuter suburbs convincingly reject transit measure, even in areas where Sound Transit had done respectably in 2008. Proposition 1 votes were hugely polarized between Seattle and King County’s suburban communities. 

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 2/17/2014 PSNW Author

Last Tuesday, citing “too many flaws in the system,” Governor Jay Inslee announced an executive order suspending capital punishment in Washington state. The Washington governor's death penalty moratorium may be unpopular, but it could shape his legacy.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 2/12/2014 PSNW Author

Where do you rank? A rich array of neighborhoods in shades from blue to red. Seattle's neighborhoods reflect a wide range of political thinking, social attitudes and voting patterns. 

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 2/11/2014 PSNW Author

There is surprising dissent in our famously progressive city, as an in-depth analysis of Seattle’s political geography recently showed. Here’s a countdown of Seattle’s top 5 most liberal and conservative ‘hoods.

Dick Morrill - Crosscut - 2/2/2014

Although they’re normally a sedate affair, off-year elections occasionally prove noteworthy on substance. The 2013 election was such a year: for what it was lacking in turnout, it made up in electoral significance that will help shape the city's politics for years to come.

Ben Anderstone - Crosscut - 1/20/2014 PSNW Author

The conventional wisdom says Seattle is lock-step liberal. In reality, Seattle is a city marked by fierce internal divisions — on social policy, taxation, local issues, and just about everything. 

Knute Berger - Crosscut - 12/8/2013

Although they’re normally a sedate affair, off-year elections occasionally prove noteworthy on substance. The 2013 election was such a year: for what it was lacking in turnout, it made up in electoral significance that will help shape the city's politics for years to come.

Josh Feit - Publicola - 12/2/2013

Although they’re normally a sedate affair, off-year elections occasionally prove noteworthy on substance. The 2013 election was such a year: for what it was lacking in turnout, it made up in electoral significance that will help shape the city's politics for years to come.