The Most Democratic County in Every State

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Taos County, New Mexico
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31. New Mexico
>Bluest county:
Taos County

Obama won 78.1% of the votes in Taos County, the highest share of any county in New Mexico. In addition to supporting the Democratic bid for the White House, the county helped send a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives in each of the last five congressional elections. Rep. Ben R. Lujan, the current district representative, has served in the past four cycles. As is generally the case in predominantly Democratic areas, the median household income in Taos of $35,823 is lower than the national median income of $52,482. Additionally, more than 20.0% of Taos County residents live in poverty, compared to 15.6% of Americans.

NYC - Bronx, New York
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32. New York
>Bluest county:
Bronx County

Obama won 91.2% of the votes in Bronx County, the highest share of any county in New York. In addition to supporting Obama’s bid for the White House, voters in the county sent a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives in each of the last five congressional elections. Financially insecure voters are far more likely to cast a Democratic ballot than a Republican one, and this seems to be especially the case in the Bronx. The county’s median household income of $34,284 is lower than the national median of $52,482. Also, more than 30% of Bronx County residents live in poverty compared to 15.6% of Americans.

Hertford County, North Carolina
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33. North Carolina
>Bluest county:
Hertford County

Obama won 71.9% of the votes in Hertford County. Of North Carolina county residents, only those in Durham were more likely to vote for Obama. Unlike Durham, Hertford voters sent a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives in each of the last five congressional elections. The county’s median household income of $32,201 is well below the national median income of $52,482. Additionally, more than 20.0% of Hertford County residents live in poverty compared to 15.6% of Americans. Broadly speaking, less financially secure Americans are far more likely to vote Democrat than financially well-off individuals, who tend to vote Republican.

Rolette County, North Dakota
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34. North Dakota
>Bluest county:
Rolette County

Nearly three in every four voters in Rolette County cast a ballot for Obama in 2012, a higher share than in any other North Dakota county. While some of the bluest counties in each state routinely send Democrats to the House and Senate, other counties are more even in their representation. Rolette County is one such example. The county sent both Democrats and Republicans to the House over the last 10 years. Rep. Kevin Cramer, a Republican, now occupies the district seat. The senators from North Dakota are Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and Republican John Hoeven.

Mahoning County, Ohio
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35. Ohio
>Bluest county:
Mahoning County

Mahoning County is represented in Congress by Republican Rep. Bill Johnson and Tim Ryan, who like most of the county’s representatives in the last five election cycles, is a Democrat. Obama won 63.2% of the votes in Mahoning County, one of the highest of any county in Ohio. As is generally the case in predominantly Democratic areas, Mahoning county’s median household income of $41,350 is lower than the national median of $52,482.