Going province by province, 70%+ majorities for the Shia coalition were the norm throughout the South, but if you buy the notion that this group is particularly pro-Iran, you’d expect it to do even better in the provinces bordering Iran (similar to the effect seen in Ukraine, where the provinces bordering Russia were the most anti-Yushchenko). In fact, the map shows the United Iraqi Alliance doing worse and the Allawi bloc doing better in the Misan and Basra provinces bordering the Islamic Republic.
Belying the image of a restive population electing anti-American leaders, the Allawi bloc actually did best in the regions where the insurgency ran strongest, picking up nearly 25% in Baghdad, 21% in Karbala, and an outright win with 38% among the brave few who turned out in Anbar province. In rural precincts where the U.S. presence was more distant, the Shia felt more free to vote their religion.
The regional results also show hopeful signs that the Sunni boycott was not as complete as previously thought; Al-Yawer’s The Iraqis received a strong 28% showing in Ninewa, home to Mosul, another insurgent hotbed. The Sunni list did well in Salahuddin with 12% of the vote, and received over 25,000 votes in Baghdad.
My local newspaper (remember those?) noted that “Iran-backed” parties did very well in Iraq. I wondered about the accuracy of that statement at the time, and I wonder even more after looking at this.
Go look for yourself. (via Instapundit)