Special Report

The Most Republican County in Each State

Montana

Musselshell is the most Republican county in Montana. In the 2012 Presidential election, residents cast 76.2% of their votes for Romney. Unlike some other Republican-dominated counties, Musselshell residents were not especially wealthy. In the five years through 2013, median household income was just $43,409, almost $10,000 below the national figure.

Nebraska

Romney won 83.8% of the 2012 votes cast in Cherry County. Relatively fewer people in the county lived in poverty from 2009 through 2013 than across the nation. Additionally, the county was predominantly white, with 89.6% of its 5,735 residents identifying solely as white. Cherry County residents were also relatively poorly educated. Only 21.3% of residents had at least a bachelor’s degree, well below the comparable national figure of 28.8%.

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Nevada

The most Republican county in Nevada is Elko County, where Romney won 75.2% of the 2012 vote. The county’s poverty rate from 2009 through 2013 was lower than the national rate over that time. As in many other predominantly Republican counties, more than 88% of Elko County’s 50,023 residents identified solely as white. Also, only 16.4% of county residents had at least a bachelor’s degree, far below the comparable national figure of 28.8%.

New Hampshire

Belknap County cast 52% of its 2012 vote for Romney. Relatively fewer people in Belknap lived in poverty from 2009 through 2013 than across the nation. Additionally, the county was overwhelmingly white, with 96.3% of its 60,216 residents identifying solely as white.

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New Jersey

Sussex County is the most Republican county in New Jersey, with Romney winning 60.3% of the county’s 2012 vote. Relatively fewer people in the county lived in poverty from 2009 through 2013 than across the nation. Additionally, nearly 94% of the county’s 147,924 residents identified solely as white. Unlike most predominantly Republican counties, Sussex County residents were relatively well educated. Some 32.4% of residents had attained at least a bachelor’s degree over the five years through 2013, higher than the national rate of 28.8% nationally.