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« on: December 24, 2013, 03:21:09 am »

Obama's ten whitest counties were all in the Midwest. These percentages reflect only non-Hispanic whites.

1. Mitchell County, IA (98.03% White) = D+3.37
Population: 10,776
County Seat: Osage

2. Pepin County, WI (97.80% White) = D+2.22
Population: 7,469
County Seat: Durand

3. Fillmore County, MN (97.65% White) = D+7.34
Population: 20,866
County Seat/Largest City: Preston/Spring Valley

4. Kittson County, MN (97.41% White) = D+6.03
Population: 4,552
County Seat: Hallock

5. Howard County, IA (97.37% White) = D+20.95
Population: 9,566
County Seat: Cresco

6. Henderson County, IL (97.30% White) = D+12.25
Population: 7,331
County Seat: Oquawka

7. Lake County, MN (97.17% White) = D+21.01
Population: 10,866
County Seat: Two Harbors

8. Houston County, MN (97.14% White) = D+3.16
Population: 19,027
County Seat/Largest City: Caledonia/La Crescent

9. Sargent County, ND (97.07% White) = D+9.76
Population: 3,829
County Seat/Largest City: Forman/Gwinner

10. Buchanan County, IA (97.07% White) = D+13.87
Population: 20,958
County Seat: Independence
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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2013, 05:10:18 pm »

I've always wondered what makes some rural Midwestern whites very amenable to Dems, while others are almost as conservative as they are in Mississippi and Alabama.
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2013, 05:50:31 pm »

I've always wondered what makes some rural Midwestern whites very amenable to Dems, while others are almost as conservative as they are in Mississippi and Alabama.
A lot of immigrant settlement patterns, mostly. D-voting areas in the midwest were usually 'settled' by Scandinavians, while most of the rest was 'settled' by Germans.
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« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2013, 06:51:11 pm »

Awfully surprised VT doesn't have some counties on this list.
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« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2013, 11:45:20 pm »

Awfully surprised VT doesn't have some counties on this list.

I am too, but I checked and basically all the counties are 95 or 96 percent white. No >97% and only one that goes down to 91% (Chittenden)
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« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2013, 12:04:32 am »

Living in Georgia, I can't imagine a place where white people are divided politically or where most vote Democrat. The only places comparable in Georgia would be Athens and some urban yuppie areas of Atlanta.

In these places listed above, how does the white vote split? Is it based on religion or income or ethnicity?
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2013, 04:09:45 am »

Living in Georgia, I can't imagine a place where white people are divided politically or where most vote Democrat. The only places comparable in Georgia would be Athens and some urban yuppie areas of Atlanta.

In these places listed above, how does the white vote split? Is it based on religion or income or ethnicity?

Just for you, Mr. Georgian. Six majority non-Hispanic white counties voted for Obama in 2012:
1. Quitman County (D+9.05) [50.34% Non-Hispanic White]
Population 2,513
County Seat: Georgetown

2. Chatham County (D+11.98) [50.35% Non-Hispanic White]
Population: 265,128
County Seat: Savannah

3. Newton County (D+2.00) [52.02% Non-Hispanic White]
Population: 99,958
County Seat: Covington

4. Baldwin County (D+5.50) [54.03% Non-Hispanic White]
Population: 46,337
County Seat: Milledgeville

5. Twiggs County (D+8.63) [56.07% Non-Hispanic White]
Population: 9,023
County Seat: Jeffersonville

6. Clarke County (D+28.67) [57.13% Non-Hispanic White]
Population: 116,714
County Seat: Athens
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« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2013, 04:31:21 am »

Here is the next batch of the whitest Obama counties from 11-20, and surprisingly, all but one are from the Midwest.

11. Lincoln County, ME (97.04% White) = D+11.64
Population: 34,457
County Seat: Wiscasset

12. Steele County, ND (97.01% White) = D+1.92
Population: 1,975
County Seat: Finley

13. Vernon County, WI (96.98% White) = D+14.73
Population: 29,773
County Seat: Viroqua

14. Lac qui Parle County, MN (96.98% White) = D+0.91
Population: 7,259
County Seat: Madison

15. Clayton County, IA (96.88% White) = D+7.02
Population: 18,129
County Seat: Elkader

16. Chickasaw County, IA (96.86% White) = D+11.07
Population: 12,439
County Seat: New Hampton

17. Ransom County, ND (96.85% White) = D+13.77
Population: 5,457
County Seat: Lisbon

18. Jackson County, IA (96.85% White) = D+16.89
Population: 19,848
County Seat: Maquoketa

19. Mercer County, IL (96.82% White) = D+7.36
Population: 16,434
County Seat: Aledo

20. Cedar County, IA (96.75% White) = D+4.59
Population: 18,499
County Seat: Tipton
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« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2013, 07:49:52 pm »

Living in Georgia, I can't imagine a place where white people are divided politically or where most vote Democrat. The only places comparable in Georgia would be Athens and some urban yuppie areas of Atlanta.

In these places listed above, how does the white vote split? Is it based on religion or income or ethnicity?

Just for you, Mr. Georgian. Six majority non-Hispanic white counties voted for Obama in 2012:
1. Quitman County (D+9.05) [50.34% Non-Hispanic White]
Population 2,513
County Seat: Georgetown

2. Chatham County (D+11.98) [50.35% Non-Hispanic White]
Population: 265,128
County Seat: Savannah

3. Newton County (D+2.00) [52.02% Non-Hispanic White]
Population: 99,958
County Seat: Covington

4. Baldwin County (D+5.50) [54.03% Non-Hispanic White]
Population: 46,337
County Seat: Milledgeville

5. Twiggs County (D+8.63) [56.07% Non-Hispanic White]
Population: 9,023
County Seat: Jeffersonville

6. Clarke County (D+28.67) [57.13% Non-Hispanic White]
Population: 116,714
County Seat: Athens
Most of those still have an overwhelming majority of whites voting for the GOP- the 10-20% of whites are what turn the tide. The only county of those I could see Obama winning the white vote in is Clarke, and he didn't in 2008.
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« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2013, 11:28:30 pm »

Living in Georgia, I can't imagine a place where white people are divided politically or where most vote Democrat. The only places comparable in Georgia would be Athens and some urban yuppie areas of Atlanta.

In these places listed above, how does the white vote split? Is it based on religion or income or ethnicity?

In the Midwest (as that's where most of these counties are), it is more based on income than any other region, I can tell you that. That's why the rich suburbs vote very republican and the poorer rural areas vote split or democratic. Although it mostly has to do with culture and traditions over history.
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« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2013, 04:28:21 pm »

Where's Elliot County, Kentucky?
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« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2013, 05:55:32 pm »

Living in Georgia, I can't imagine a place where white people are divided politically or where most vote Democrat. The only places comparable in Georgia would be Athens and some urban yuppie areas of Atlanta.

In these places listed above, how does the white vote split? Is it based on religion or income or ethnicity?

Midwestern whites are a lot different than southern whites. Midwestern whites often are grouped by ethnicity (ex. Scandanavians settled western Wisconsin and Germans settled eastern Wisconsin). The values of the immigrants who came here from around the world have been passed on to modern Midwesterners, and so, as a result, going off of the Wisconsin example given, you can often get very dramatic results like this, as the Scandanavians tend to be more trusting in government while German culture is very personally conservative:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fc/Wisconsin_Gubernatorial_Election_Results_by_county%2C_2006.png

In the south it is much more to do with racial lines it would seem, and so that it is why it can be so difficult to imagine a white Georgia county to be voting Democrat, although as shown by another user above, it is possible.
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« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2013, 08:15:50 pm »
« Edited: December 27, 2013, 08:21:31 pm by Progressive Realist »

I've always wondered what makes some rural Midwestern whites very amenable to Dems, while others are almost as conservative as they are in Mississippi and Alabama.

Local political traditions, Protestants (but what kind?) vs Catholics, industrial vs agricultural, immigration/settlement patterns, economic history...
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« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2013, 08:16:43 pm »

I've always wondered what makes some rural Midwestern whites very amenable to Dems, while others are almost as conservative as they are in Mississippi and Alabama.
A lot of immigrant settlement patterns, mostly. D-voting areas in the midwest were usually 'settled' by Scandinavians, while most of the rest was 'settled' by Germans.

It's more complicated than that though.
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« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2013, 08:46:06 pm »

Does anyone know what Obama's highest % of the vote was in a >95% white county?
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« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2013, 10:33:37 pm »

Probably Lamoille, VT (69.83% Obama, 95.4% NH white).
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« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2013, 03:41:22 am »

Does anyone know what Obama's highest % of the vote was in a >95% white county?

Nclib is correct. Lamoille County, Vermont was Obama's best >95% non-Hispanic white majority county. Here are the others, in case you are interested. These counties all have 95+ percent of residents who are non-Hispanic White where Obama's margin of victory was 15 percent or greater.

1. Lamoille County, VT (95.72%) = D+41.95
2. Windsor County, VT (95.45%) = D+37.97
3. Bennington County, VT (95.67%) = D+33.12
4. Orange County, VT (96.41%) = D+31.93
5. Iowa County, WI (96.69%) = D+30.46
6. Cheshire County, NH (95.36%) = D+24.72
7. Orleans County, VT (95.99%) = D+24.04
8. Caledonia County, VT (95.78%) = D+22.73
9. Knox County, ME (96.48%) = D+21.94
10. Rutland County, VT (96.31%) = D+21.86
11. Lake County, MN (97.17%) = D+21.01
12. Howard County, IA (97.37%) = D+20.95
13. Crawford County, WI (96.08%) = D+19.98
14. Franklin County, ME (96.63%) = D+18.41
15. Coos County, NH (96.21%) = D+17.53
16. Green County, WI (95.31%) = D+ 17.34
17. Hancock County, ME (96.21%) = D+17.03
18. Jackson County, IA (96.85%) = D+16.89
19. York County, ME (95.58%) = D+16.33
20. Sagadahoc County, ME (95.38%) = D+16.31
21. Richland County, WI (96.08%) = D+16.13
22. Lafayette County, WI (95.64%) = D+15.36

Thank you to all of you who are interested in this thread.
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« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2013, 05:33:20 am »

Thanks guys. Really interesting data.
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