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I was just trying to envision the Philly precincts going 19,000 to nothing. That's like filling the United Center to the rafters with people and not one of them voting for Romney, even by mistake. That seems hard to believe to me, especially given that my father accidently voted for every presidential candidate in 2008.

A big majority of people without high school diplomas voted for Obama. A big majority of people in big cities voted for Obama. Almost all blacks voted for Obama.
The Philadelphia precincts in question were urban, solidly black (as in 95+%) and probably (I'm guessing here) at the low end of the education scale. And even the handful of whites that may be living in such a location (urban, poor) will overwhelmingly vote for Obama.
So you'd expect something like 98% for Obama among such a demography, and thus many precincts with such a demography will have 0 votes for Romney.
Here's a good article on the issue:

http://articles.philly.com/2012-11-13/news/35069785_1_romney...
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