Special Report

The Most Republican County in Each State

Hawaii

Honolulu County is the most Republican county in Hawaii, despite casting the majority of its votes for Democratic candidate Obama. Less than 30% of eligible residents voted for Romney, but this percentage was higher than in every other county in the state. In the five years prior to 2013, 32.1% of county residents had at least a bachelor’s degree, higher than the comparable national figure of 28.8%.

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Idaho

Some 93.3% of Madison County residents who cast a ballot in the 2012 presidential elections voted for Romney, the largest share of any county in Idaho and of any county in the country. About 35.8% of county residents lived in poverty from 2009 through 2013, more than double the national poverty rate of 15.4% over the same period. The county’s population is also nearly exclusively white, with 95.2% of its 37,542 residents identifying solely as white. Unlike most predominantly Republican counties, Madison County residents were relatively well educated. In the five years prior to 2013, 33.7% of county residents had at least a bachelor’s degree compared with 28.8% of all adults nationwide.

Illinois

Romney won 78.0% of the 2012 votes cast in Wayne County. The county’s poverty rate from 2009 through 2013 was lower than the national rate over that time. Additionally, the county was predominantly white, with 98.1% of its 16,674 residents identifying solely as white. Only 11.8% of residents had at least a bachelor’s degree, far below the comparable national figure of 28.8%.

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Indiana

Kosciusko County is the most Republican county in Indiana, with Romney winning more than three-quarters of the 2012 vote. Relatively fewer people in the county lived in poverty from 2009 through 2013 than across the nation. Additionally, 93% of the county’s 77,527 residents identified solely as white. Kosciusko County residents, like their statewide peers, were also relatively poorly educated. Only 20.3% of county residents had at least a bachelor’s degree, well below the comparable national figure of 28.8%.

Iowa

Romney won 83.6% of the Sioux County vote in 2012. The county’s poverty rate from 2009 through 2013 was lower than the national rate. Additionally, 93.5% of its 34,050 residents identified themselves solely as white. Sioux County residents were also relatively poorly educated. Some 23.4% of residents had at least a bachelor’s degree, below the comparable national figure of 28.8%.