Special Report

The Most Republican County in Each State

Virginia

Romney won 72.4% of the votes cast in Powhatan County in the 2012 elections. From 2009 through 2013, just 5.4% of Powhatan County residents lived in poverty the lowest rate compared to all counties. As in many other Republican-leaning areas, the county was predominantly white, with 84.5% of its 28,108 residents identifying solely as white.

Washington

Columbia County cast 69.5% of its 2012 vote for Romney, the largest share of any county in Washington. About 17.1% of county residents lived in poverty from 2009 through 2013, higher than the national poverty rate of 15.4% over the same period. Additionally, the county was overwhelmingly white, with 92.1% of its 4,027 residents identifying solely as white. Columbia County residents were also relatively poorly educated. Only 17.2% of residents had at least a bachelor’s degree, far below the comparable national figure of 28.8%.

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West Virginia

Romney won 71.7% of the Upshur County 2012 vote, the largest share of any county in West Virginia. About 18.4% of county residents lived in poverty from 2009 through 2013, higher than the national poverty rate of 15.4% over the same period. The county was also overwhelmingly white, with 97.4% of its 24,371 residents identifying solely as white. Upshur County residents were also relatively poor. A typical household earned only $39,381, far below the comparable national figure of $53,046.

Wisconsin

Some 69.6% of Washington County residents who cast a ballot in 2012 voted for Romney. Relatively fewer people in the county lived in poverty from 2009 through 2013 than across the nation. Nearly all of the county’s 132,186 residents identified solely as white. Tammy Baldwin currently represents Wisconsin in the Senate. She is also the nation’s first openly gay Senator. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is widely expected to announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination later this summer. Many Republicans in the state are likely thrilled to have a Wisconsin native on the ballot. However, according to the New York Times, Walker faces a battle with Republicans in the state’s legislature, who have rejected several of his proposals in recent sessions.

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Wyoming

Campbell is the most Republican county in Wyoming, casting 85.6% of its votes for Mitt Romney. The county was overwhelmingly white, with just over 92% of its residents identifying solely as white. Campbell county residents were also quite wealthy. In the five years through 2013, the median household income was $79,488, well above the comparable national figure of $53,046.

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