>Bluest county: Berkshire County
Obama won 75.8% of the votes in Berkshire County, the second highest share after Suffolk County, where Obama secured 77.6% of the vote. Berkshire County voters sent a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives in each of the last five congressional elections. The senators from Massachusetts, Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, are also both Democrats.
>Bluest county: Genesee County
Genesee County has sent a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives in each of the last five congressional elections. Also, 63.6% of Genesee County voters chose Obama over Romney in 2012, one of the highest shares of any county in Michigan. Like many counties inclined to vote Democratic, Genesee County’s median household income of $41,879 is substantially lower than the national median of $52,482. Additionally, 21.2% of Genesee County residents live in poverty compared to 15.6% of Americans.
>Bluest county: Ramsey County
In Ramsey County, 66.6% of voters cast a ballot for Obama in 2012, a higher share than in any other county in Minnesota. Compared to Romney, Obama received nearly 100,000 more votes in the county. Ramsey voters also sent a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives in each of the last five congressional elections. With two Democratic senators and all 10 of its electoral votes going to Obama in 2012, Minnesota is one of the bluest counties in the nation.
>Bluest county: Jefferson County
Though Romney won Mississippi in 2012, Obama won 88.7% of the votes in Jefferson County, the highest share of any county in the state. And despite its location in a traditionally red state, Jefferson County voters have sent a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives in each of the last five congressional elections. Incomes tend to be lower in counties that vote democratic and Jefferson County is no exception. The area’s median household income of $23,480 is less than half the corresponding national figure of $52,046.
>Bluest county: St. Louis County
Though Missouri went to Romney in 2012, Obama won 82.7% of the votes in St. Louis, the highest share of any county in the state. In each of the last five congressional elections, St. Louis sent Rep. William L Clay Jr., a Democrat, to the U.S. House of Representatives. Democratic politicians are more likely to receive support from financially insecure voters than Republican candidates, and St. Louis residents are not as well-off as in many other areas. Nearly 28% of St. Louis residents live in poverty, nearly double the 15.6% nationwide poverty rate.
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