Special Report

The Most Democratic County in Each State

New Mexico

Obama won 78.1% of the votes in Taos County. 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 predominantly Democratic areas in most states, the county was roughly 61% white whereas whites comprised 74% of the national population. County residents had a median household income of $32,637, considerably lower than the national median household income of $53,046.

New York

Obama won 91.2% of the votes in Bronx County, the highest share of any county in New York. In addition to sending a Democrat to the White House, the Bronx sent Democrats to the U.S. House of Representatives in each of the last five congressional elections. Like the bluest county in 16 other states, a minority of Bronx residents identified as white — just 22%. Also, county residents had a median household income of $34,388, much lower than the national median household income of $53,046. Hillary Clinton, who was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York in 2000, and later served as the U.S. Secretary of State in Obama’s administration, is a Democratic presidential candidate for the 2016 elections.

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North Carolina

The bluest county in North Carolina is Durham County, where Obama won 75.9% 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 $51,853, lower than the national median of $53,046 over the same period. However, the county’s median income was higher than the state figure of $46,334. More than 18.5% of Durham County residents lived in poverty, compared to 15.4% of Americans.

North Dakota

The bluest county in North Dakota is Rolette County, where Obama won 74% of the county’s 2012 vote. While the bluest counties overwhelmingly vote for Democrats to represent them in the U.S. Congress, Rolette County has helped elect both Republicans and Democrats over the last 10 years. Like predominantly Democratic areas in many other states, the county was roughly 20% white, a fraction of the 74% of Americans who identify as white. Also, county residents had a median household income of $31,336, much lower than the national median household income of $53,046.

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Ohio

Obama won 68.8% of the votes in Cuyahoga County. As in the bluest counties in most states, Cuyahoga County has overwhelmingly voted for Democrats to represent them in the House. The county has sent only Democrats to the House over the last 10 years. Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur currently occupies the seat.