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ELECTION 2012

Obama vote 'astronomical' in some Philly wards

'99% is extraordinary, and it shows discipline as much as anything else'

(PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER) Some Philadelphia neighborhoods outdid themselves in Tuesday’s presidential election.

In a city where President Obama received more than 85 percent of the votes, in some places he received almost every one. In 13 Philadelphia wards, Obama received 99 percent of the vote or more.

Those wards, many with large African American populations, also swung heavily for Obama over John McCain in 2008. But the difficult economy seemed destined to dampen that enthusiasm four years later.

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