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« on: March 07, 2013, 06:48:39 pm »

Does anyone know anything about this county? It was the only majority White/Caucasian county outside of Pulaski County (Little Rock) to vote for Obama (both times!). In fact, it’s only a little whiter than Pulaski County, and is a rural county with a 2010 population of 7,260 (down from 8,741 in 2000). The seat is a town called Augusta, and it looks to be located in AR-01 (Rick Crawford’s district) in Northeastern Arkansas. According to the census, it went from 67.86% White in 2000 to 69.90% in 2010, and 30.75% Black to 27.47% in 2010. The Hispanic population slightly increased from 0.79% to 1.20%.

This may not be as relevant or surprising, but Obama lost the county in a landslide in the primaries to Hillary, yet in 2010 it was Blanche Lincoln's second-best county (only behind Phillips County, the blackest county in the state).

It seems to be a bit of an anomaly in Arkansas. What’s going on here?
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2013, 06:55:51 pm »

Woodruff also had excellent percentages for Nader in 2008.
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2013, 06:56:53 pm »

Romney almost certainly won the white vote here. Otherwise, Arkansas whites (especially in southern and eastern Arkansas) are more democratic than Deep Southern whites for a myriad of reasons.
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2013, 06:57:34 pm »

Every one in the county is a democat.  That is the only reason, they vote by party lines.
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2013, 09:10:12 pm »

It still seems to hold onto its Yellow Dog traditions.
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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2013, 09:16:57 pm »
« Edited: March 07, 2013, 09:20:17 pm by Benj »

You know you're an extra-special place when your population has dropped at every Census after 1930. That's got to be close to some kind of record for a county.

I will point out that neighboring Monroe County is significantly more black (39% v. 31% in 2000) but significantly less Democratic (49-49 Romney v. 50-46 Obama). So there's something at least a little weird about Woodruff County.
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2013, 02:52:35 am »

This is very strange.  I wonder if the county is more influenced by the neighboring county's demographics
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2013, 01:46:10 pm »
« Edited: March 08, 2013, 01:50:56 pm by memphis »

So Obama got about 27% of the White vote there?  I guess that's good for the immediate area. But it's not like he did  that great either. I also wouldn't rule out a clerical error by a local official.
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2013, 03:00:08 pm »

So Obama got about 27% of the White vote there?  I guess that's good for the immediate area. But it's not like he did  that great either. I also wouldn't rule out a clerical error by a local official.

I doubt it since Kerry got 65% here in 2004. Sounds like one of the last yellow-dog counties.
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