Special Report

The Most Democratic County in Each State

Virginia

The bluest county in Virginia is Richmond County, where Obama won 77.1% of the county’s 2012 vote. While the county voted for Obama in the presidential election, it sent a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives in each of the last five congressional elections. From 2009 through 2013, the county’s median household income was $40,496, lower than the national median of $53,046 over the same period. Additionally, more than 25.6% of Richmond County residents lived in poverty, compared to 15.4% of Americans.

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Washington

Obama won 68.8% of the votes in King County, the highest share of any county in Washington. In addition to sending a Democrat to the White House, the county helped send Democrats to the U.S. Congress in each of the last 10 years. The county was roughly 70% white, about the same composition of the U.S. population. Unlike the bluest county in many other states, county residents had a median household income of $71,811, much higher than the median household income of $53,046.

West Virginia

The bluest county in West Virginia is Jefferson County, where Obama won only 46.9% of the county’s 2012 vote. While Romney won the county, Obama’s 46.9% share was higher than in any other county in West Virginia. Unlike other predominantly Democratic areas, the county was more than 88% white, and residents had a median household income of $65,304. By comparison, 74% of the U.S. population was white and the national median household income of $53,046.

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Wisconsin

Obama won 71.1% of the votes in Dane County. While some of the bluest counties in each state regularly vote for Democrats to represent them in the U.S. Congress, Dane County is more even in its representation. The county has sent both Democrats and Republicans to the U.S. Congress over the last 10 years. Democrat Rep. Mark Pocan now represents the county.

Wyoming

Obama won 54.7% of the votes in Teton County, the highest share of any county in Wyoming. Although voters sent a Democrat to the White House, they sent a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives in each of the last five congressional elections. From 2009 through 2013, the county’s median household income was $68,078, higher than the national median of $53,046 over the same period. Additionally, unlike in many other predominantly Democratic counties, 8.2% of Teton residents lived in poverty, much lower than the national poverty rate of 15.4%.

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