The Most Republican Counties
More than 86% of Blount County residents who cast a ballot in the 2012 presidential elections voted for Romney, the largest share of any county in Alabama. About 15.8% of county residents lived in poverty from 2009 through 2013, just higher than the national poverty rate of 15.4%. Additionally, the county was predominantly white, with 95.3% of its 57,623 residents identifying solely as white. Blount County residents were also relatively poorly educated as only 12.1% of adult residents had at least a bachelor’s degree, far below the comparable national figure of 28.8%. The county has consistently elected Republicans to the House of Representatives just as Alabama has consistently sent Republicans to the U.S. Senate.
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Some 55.1% of Maricopa County’s 2012 votes went to Romney. About 16.7% 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 predominantly white, with 80.7% of its 3,889,161 residents identifying solely as white. Unlike most predominantly Republican counties, Maricopa County residents were relatively well educated. An average of 29.8% of county residents had at least a bachelor’s degree over the five years through 2013, slightly higher than the national rate of 28.8%.
Romney won 73.6% of the 2012 votes cast in Crawford County. The county’s poverty rate of 20.2% from 2009 through 2013 was much higher than the national rate of 15.4% over the same period. As in the reddest county in many other states, Crawford county was also predominantly white, with 91.1% of its 61,796 residents identifying solely as white. Crawford County residents were relatively poorly educated as only 14.3% of county residents had at least a bachelor’s degree, about half the comparable national figure. Current presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is from Arkansas. He served as the state’s governor from 1996 to 2007.
The most Republican county in California is Placer County, where Romney won 58.9% of the 2012 vote. Relatively fewer people in the county lived in poverty from 2009 through 2013 than across the nation. More than 84% of the county’s 355,924 residents identified solely as white, higher than the 74% of all Americans who identify as white. Like most predominantly Republican counties, Placer County residents were relatively wealthy. In the five years through 2013, median household income was $72,725, more than $18,000 higher than the national figure of $53,046. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who unsuccessfully ran for Senate in California, announced her candidacy for president in May.
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