As colleague Mike Prager reports in today's paper, Spokane County Commissioner Al French thinks he'll improve his vote totals in the fall as the election moves from his District 3 to the entire county.
French has a point that District 3 trends more Democratic than the other two counties based on the 2012 presidential election. But comparing the map of presidential vote to his run against two opponents — one Democrat and another an independent who was formerly a Democrat — and it would seem he had more than just a partisan headwind in the general.
The map above is available in more detail in the PDF file below. The other PDF file is the 2012 presidential results. Political geeks might enjoy comparing and opining whether they think French is right.
The 2012 map was made for that election. The primary map was made yesterday for the story analysis, but there wasn't room for it in the paper (It doesn't work as well small.) But there's always plenty of room on the Internet.