Special Report

The Most Democratic County in Each State

Kansas

Obama won 60.5% of the votes in Douglas County, the highest share of any county in Kansas. While some of the bluest counties in each state regularly send Democrats to the House and Senate, Douglas County is more even in its representation. The county sent both Democrats and Republicans to the House over the last 10 years. A Republican, however, now occupies the seat.

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Kentucky

The bluest county in Kentucky is Jefferson County, where Obama won 54.8% 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 $46,959, lower than the national median of $53,046 over the same period. Additionally, 16.7% of Jefferson County residents lived in poverty compared to 15.4% of Americans.

Louisiana

Obama won 80.3% of the votes in Orleans County. 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 $37,146, much lower than the national median of $53,046 over the same period. Also, more than 27.3% of Orleans residents lived in poverty, significantly higher than the national poverty rate of 15.4%.

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Maine

Cumberland County is the bluest county in Maine, with 60.5% of the county’s vote going for Obama in 2012. While some of the bluest counties in each state also overwhelmingly vote for Democrats to represent them in the House and Senate, Cumberland County is more even in its representation. The county sent both Democrats and Republicans to the House over the last 10 years. A Democrat, however, now occupies the seat.

Maryland

Obama won 90.1% of the votes in Prince George’s County, the highest share of any county in Maryland. 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. As in the bluest county in many other states, Prince George’s County was roughly 21% white, versus the 74% of the U.S. population who identified as white. Like the state as a whole, the county’s median household income of $73,623 was far higher than the national median household income of $53,046. Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley recently announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.