Special Report

The Most Democratic County in Each State

Alabama

Obama won 87.1% of the votes in Macon County, the highest share of any county in Alabama. 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 $30,724, lower than the national median of $53,046 over the same period. Additionally, more than 27.3% of Macon residents lived in poverty, significantly higher than the national poverty rate of 15.4%.

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Alaska

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Arizona

Despite Romney winning Maricopa County, it was the bluest county in Arizona. Obama won 43.2% of the county’s 2012 vote, the highest share of any county in the state. Democrats might have expected the county to swing for Obama though, as the county has been represented by a Democrat in each of the last five congressional sessions. Unlike the bluest county in most states, the county was more than 80% white, and residents had a median household income of $53,596. By comparison, 74% of Americans were white and the national median household income was $53,046.

Arkansas

Washington County is the bluest county in Arkansas. However, unlike blue counties in a majority of states, a minority of the county’s votes went to Obama in 2012. Still, it was the state’s bluest county. Unlike the bluest county in a majority of states, the county was more than 78% white, and residents had a median household income of $41,248. By comparison, whites comprised 74% of the U.S. population, and the national median household income was $53,046.

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California

Obama won 83.4% of the votes in San Francisco County, the highest share of any county in California. In addition to sending a Democrat to the White House, the county sent a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives in each of the last five congressional elections. Like the bluest county in most states, San Francisco County was roughly 50% white, a smaller proportion than the national makeup of 74% white. Also county residents had a median household income of $75,604, much higher than the national median household income of $53,046.