I know AndrewB already referred to Iain's theory, but I thought it was worth spelling it out:
Iain said a couple times that all the discussion about moderation style and intent didn't matter because when it came to the election, people would come in and just vote for the candidates with the highest reputation.
And sure enough...
To be clear: I think N00b will be a great moderator and I don't consider his election to be a problem.
But it's very interesting that for all the sturm und drang about this community's attitude, the result shows that most voters completely ignored all that discussion.
Anyway... MOAR! Close votes!!!!