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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:22 PM

 

Two VERY white Kentucky counties and how differently they vote Obama/RMoney

One county is Clay County, in the Southeastern part of the state. It went to Romney by a margin of 84%-15%. Clay County is the 18th poorest county in the US. It is also the poorest non-Hispanic white majority county in the US, with 94% of the county being white. Bill Clinton got 33% of the vote to Bob Dole's 58% in 1996, and that was the Dems best showing in decades. Jimmy Carter won Kentucky by more than 7 points in 1976, but still lost Clay County by almost 40.

Here are the racial and income statistics for Clay County:

93.92% White, 4.80% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 1.36% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

Median income: $16,271
Per capita income: $9,716
35.40% of families and 39.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.60% of those under age 18 and 31.30% of those age 65 or over.

So, some of you might be tempted to say, oh big deal, poor Southern white voters voting against their economic interests. But that isn't the story here. Let's now look at Elliott County, which is located in norrtheastern Kentucky. Unlike Clay County, Elliott County has voted for the Democratic nominee in EVERY SINGLE ELECTION SINCE 1869. That is the longest streak of any county in the entire COUNTRY! It went to Obama in 2008 by a margin of 61-36% over McCain. This year, Obama won it by a margin of 49.4-46.9%. As of 2012, Elliott county had the fewest number of registered Republicans, 187, out of all counties in Kentucky. In 2008, it was the second whitest county that Barack Obama won in 2008.

Here are the racial and income statistics for Elliott County:

99.04% White, 0.03% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.01% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Median income: $21,014
Per capita income: $27,125
About 20.80% of families and 25.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.50% of those under age 18 and 26.40% of those age 65 or over.

So, can anyone make sense of this? Why is one eastern Kentucky county which is 99% white going for President Obama, yet another which is less white and even poorer giving R-money (Mr 47%) almost 85% of their vote

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Reply Two VERY white Kentucky counties and how differently they vote Obama/RMoney (Original post)
IfPalinisAnswerWatsQ Nov 2012 OP
Adenoid_Hynkel Nov 2012 #1
IfPalinisAnswerWatsQ Nov 2012 #2
The Great Escape Nov 2012 #6
The Great Escape Nov 2012 #4
Comrade_McKenzie Nov 2012 #3
IfPalinisAnswerWatsQ Nov 2012 #7
sufrommich Nov 2012 #5
IfPalinisAnswerWatsQ Nov 2012 #8

Response to IfPalinisAnswerWatsQ (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:24 PM

1. Elliott County is Morehead State surrounding area

College vote helps there

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:25 PM

2. Damnit

 

You popped my bubble. But is that really the only reason? The working-class white voters there don't favor Obama over R-money? Still, it's a 99% white county in the South, and it goes for President Obama!

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Response to IfPalinisAnswerWatsQ (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:38 PM

6. This is from 2008

but this article gives a broad brush story that includes Elliot County.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2008/11/06/v-print/55431/4-ky-appalachian-counties-proud.html

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:35 PM

4. Rown County

is Morehead sir. Elliot County is Sandy Hook...between Inez and Ashland...more or less. Home of the late country music legend Keith Whitley.

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Response to IfPalinisAnswerWatsQ (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:32 PM

3. Obama lost by huge margins in eastern Kentucky because of coal mining...

 

The coal mine owners have been scaring people to death over the past 4 years.

It's where I live and all I hear.

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Response to Comrade_McKenzie (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:42 PM

7. Only southeastern KY? Coal country isn't NE where elliott is?

 

nt

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Response to IfPalinisAnswerWatsQ (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 06:37 PM

5. "Median income: $16,271"

Wow.

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Response to sufrommich (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 07:20 PM

8. Yeah

 

Wikipedia is a great resource. Some of the counties with Native American reservations have per capita income less than $10k.

Check this out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_County,_South_Dakota

"The county's per-capita income makes it the poorest county in the United States. The Crow Creek Indian Reservation inhabited by the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe makes up the majority of Buffalo County. Unemployment is 57%; many homes lack kitchens and/or indoor plumbing."

"The median income for a household in the county was $12,692, and the median income for a family was $14,167. Males had a median income of $18,650 versus $19,554 for females. The per capita income for the county was $5,213, the lowest in the nation. About 55.70% of families and 56.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 61.50% of those under age 18 and 50.40% of those age 65 or over.

Shameful, isn't it? Per capita income of $5k per year. Shame on the government for not doing more to help these people.

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