Special Report

The Most Republican County in Each State

The Most Republican Counties

Alabama

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.

Alaska

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Arizona

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%.

Arkansas

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.

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California

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.