Special Report

The Most Republican County in Each State

Colorado

Romney won 65.1% of the 2012 votes cast in Teller County. The county’s poverty rate was lower than the national rate from 2009 through 2013. Additionally, the county was predominantly white, with 94.3% of its 23,276 residents identifying solely as white. Unlike most predominantly Republican counties, Teller County residents were relatively well educated. About 31.6% of county residents had at least a bachelor’s degree over the five years through 2013, compared with 28.8% of all adults nationally.

Connecticut

Some 51.1% of the Litchfield County 2012 votes went for Romney, the largest share of any county in Connecticut. The county was predominantly white, with 94% of its 188,629 residents identifying solely as white. County residents were also quite wealthy, with a typical household making more than $71,000 in the five years through 2013. For comparison, the national household income over that period was $52,046.

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Delaware

Sussex is the most Republican county in Delaware, with residents casting 55.9% of their votes for Republican candidate Romney. Unlike other Republican counties, relatively few Sussex County residents were poor. In the five years through 2013, only 13.4% of residents lived in poverty, compared to 15.4% nationally.

Florida

Romney won 83.6% of the 2012 votes cast in Holmes County. About 23.8% of county residents lived in poverty from 2009 through 2013, much higher than the national poverty rate of 15.4% over the same period. Additionally, the county was predominantly white, with more than nine in 10 residents identifying solely as white. Holmes County residents were also poorly educated, with only 12% of residents attaining at least a bachelor’s degree, far below the comparable national figure of 28.8%. State Republicans will likely see a familiar face in the next election cycle. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination at the beginning of June. Current Florida Senator Marco Rubio also announced his candidacy.

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Georgia

Romney won 86.5% of the Banks County 2012 vote, the largest share of any county in Georgia. 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 93.3% of its 18,333 residents identifying solely as white. Banks County residents were also poorly educated. Only 11.6% of county residents had at least a bachelor’s degree, significantly below the comparable national figure of 28.8%.