77. Paul Mitchell
Paul Mitchell is a data man, numbers cruncher, political junkie, statistician and handicapper. You put that all together, and you come up with an elections analyst who really knows his stuff. His CA 120 column is a must read for anyone who follows California politics. His first piece years ago in Capitol Weekly identified the proportionally greater influence on statewide elections of Northern California voters compared with those in Southern California based on per-capita turnout. Sounds obvious now, but wasn’t then, and it caused quite a stir. Since then, he’s drilled down to the bone of election after election, and he’s given sophisticated analyses of voter registration figures over the years, including 2018. Mitchell extrapolates hidden election truths from raw numbers. He’s vice president of Political Data, Inc., which markets and analyzes data for campaigns, and he owns Redistricting Partners, which develops political mapping.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018