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The Most Democratic County in Each State

Hawaii

Obama won 74.5% of the votes in Hawaii County, the highest share of any county in Hawaii. 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 five congressional elections. As in Democratic-leaning areas in a majority of states, the county was roughly 33% white, compared to the 74% of Americans who identify as white. Also, county residents had a median household income of $51,250, slightly lower than the national median household income of $53,046, and far lower than the state’s median household income of $67,402.

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Idaho

The bluest county in Idaho is Blaine County, where Obama won 58.8% 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 $64,042, higher than the national median of $53,046 over the same period. Additionally, only 8.3% of Blaine County residents lived in poverty compared to 15.4% of Americans.

Illinois

The bluest county in Illinois is Cook County, longtime home of Obama who later won 74% 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 $54,548, slightly higher than the national median of $53,046 over the same period. Additionally, 16.9% of Cook County residents lived in poverty versus 15.4% of Americans.

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Indiana

Lake County is the bluest county in Indiana, with Obama winning 64.9% of the county’s 2012 vote. As in many of the bluest counties in each state, Lake County adults overwhelmingly vote for Democrats to represent them in the House. The county sent only Democrats to the House over the last 10 years. Unlike many other democratic-leaning areas, just 20% of area adults had at least a bachelor’s degree, versus the national average attainment rate of 28.8%.

Iowa

Johnson County is the bluest county in Iowa, with 66.9% of the county’s vote going to Obama in 2012. As in the bluest counties in many states, Johnson County voters overwhelmingly vote for Democrats in congressional elections. The county sent only democrats to the House in each of the last 10 years.

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