Special Report

The Most Democratic County in Every State

Wyandotte County, Kansas
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16. Kansas
>Bluest county:
Wyandotte County

Wyandotte County is the bluest county in Kansas, with 67.3% of voters casting a ballot for Obama in 2012. The bluest counties in each state generally elect a Democratic over a Republican representative, but some blue counties have voted in members of both parties over the years. Wyandotte County is one such example. The county sent both Democrats and Republicans to the House over the last 10 years. Rep. Kevin Yoder, a Republican, now occupies the seat.

Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
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17. Kentucky
>Bluest county:
Fayette County

Obama narrowly won Fayette County with 49.3% of total votes cast. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul currently represent Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District, which encompasses Fayette County. Despite the relatively strong Republican support in the area, Fayette County is more Democratic-leaning than any other Kentucky county. Also, as in Democratic-leaning areas in a majority of states, Fayette County residents are relatively well educated. More than 40% of the area’s adults have at least a bachelor’s degree, far higher than the 29.3% of adults nationwide.

18. Louisiana
>Bluest county:
St. James Parish

St. James Parish is the bluest county in Louisiana, with 56.9% of voters casting a ballot for Obama in 2012. Additionally, the state’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes St. James Parish, voted to help send Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat, to his third term in the House. Across the state, Louisianans seem to trend Republican — 58% of Louisiana voters cast a ballot for Romney in 2012.

Cumberland County, Maine
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19. Maine
>Bluest county:
Cumberland County

Obama won 60.5% of the votes in Cumberland County, the largest share of any county in Maine. Unlike many of the most Democratic-leaning areas in other states, there are relatively few non-white residents in Cumberland. More than 91% of county residents identify as white, far higher than the 62.8% of Americans who identify as white. Cumberland, which includes the city of Portland, is located in Maine’s 1st District, and is represented by Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat.

Prince George's County, Maryland
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20. Maryland
>Bluest county:
Prince George’s County

Obama won 90.1% of the votes in Prince George’s County, the largest share of any county in Maryland and the third highest share of any county nationwide. In addition to casting a ballot for Obama in 2012, the county has historically been represented by Democrats in the House and Senate, and the 114th congressional session is no exception. Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski and Reps. Donna Edwards and Steny Hoyer, both of whom represent districts within Prince George’s County, are Democrats.

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