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« Reply #25 on: January 28, 2021, 12:58:57 PM »

Holmes County is a Thurmond '48-Stevenson '52-unpledged '56-unpledged '60-Goldwater '64-Humphrey '68-McGovern '72 county.

If you want to stick to just major-parties, there is a segment of southwestern Ohio that voted Greeley/Tilden/Hancock/Blaine/Cleveland, including Montgomery County (Dayton). It is really hard to find a modern example of a county voting for five different-party non-third-party losers consecutively, though Washtenaw County, Michigan, came very close in the 1970s and 1980s; it just barely voted Reagan '84, though. Had it not, it would have been McGovern/Ford/Carter/Mondale/Dukakis, but it was not to be.

If you want to stick to counties that always vote for popular vote losers, there are five contiguous counties in eastern Kentucky that voted Bush '00/Kerry '04/GOP since then, so they have now voted for PV losers in six consecutive elections.
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« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2021, 02:59:25 PM »

Update: I revisited the 1860-1880 data and I think I have the definitive answer. Hopefully we can lay this question to rest.

By my count, 199 counties voted for a losing candidate in all 6 elections.

Twenty-odd of those counties, mostly in Kentucky, voted for Fillmore in 1856. (Only a handful voted for Frémont.) Kentucky being the home of Henry Clay and a Whig stronghold at the time, 16 such counties also voted for Scott in 1852, extending their streak to 8. However, their streaks all end there as Zach Taylor won and carried all of these counties in 1848.

Only two of the original 199 counties voted for James Blaine in 1884 – Greene, NY and Livingston, MO. Remarkably, both flipped back to Cleveland in 1888, extending their streaks to 8.

Greene then voted for Harrison in 1892, making it 9. That streak ended when Greene voted for McKinley in 1896.

So there's your answer. Greene County, NY (which is a lovely place) picked losers in nine consecutive elections: 1860–92.

It is the nation's only Douglas*–McClellan–Seymour–Greeley–Tilden–Hancock–Blaine–Cleveland–Harrison county.
So Greene County, New York voted for the loser every election from 1860-1892, giving it a losing streak of 9 elections.
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« Reply #27 on: February 04, 2021, 11:09:40 PM »

The longest current losing streak is now Kenedy County, Texas, the only Romney-Clinton-Trump county.

The next longest current losing streak would be the 14 other Clinton-Trump counties, which are:
Val Verde, TX
Reeves, TX
Frio, TX
La Salle, TX
Zapata, TX
Kennedy, TX
Kleberg, TX
Jim Wells, TX
Burke, GA
Clarendon, SC
Dillon, SC
Scotland, NC
Lorain, OH
Mahoning, OH
Alamosa, CO



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« Reply #28 on: May 03, 2021, 01:56:43 PM »

Found another county with a losing streak of 9 in addition to Greene County, NY.

Walker County, TX, 1876-1908, losing streak of 9. Voted third-party three times.

1876: Tilden
1880: Third Party
1884: Blaine
1888: Third Party
1892: Third Party (Weaver)
1896: Bryan
1900: Bryan
1904: Parker
1908: Bryan

Some other long losing streaks:

Barry County, MO, 1872-1900, losing streak of 8. Voted for one of the two major party nominees each time.

1872: Greeley
1876: Tilden
1880: Hancock
1884: Blaine
1888: Cleveland
1892: Harrison
1896: Bryan
1900: Bryan

Another losing streak of 8---Pierce County, NE, 1868-1896, voted third party once.
1868: Seymour
1872: Greeley
1876: Tilden
1880: Hancock
1884: Blaine
1888: Cleveland
1892: Third-Party (Weaver)
1896: Bryan

And another one---Churchill County, NV, 1872-1900. Voted third party once.
1872: Greeley
1876: Tilden
1880: Hancock
1884: Blaine
1888: Cleveland
1892: Third-Party (Weaver)
1896: Bryan
1900: Bryan

Here's where it gets interesting. Churchill County's vote was tied in 1868 between Grant and Seymour, while McLellan won the vote in 1864. If you count the 1868 tie vote as a losing vote, its losing streak is extended to ten, from 1864-1900, longer than both Greene County, NY and Walker County, TX.

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« Reply #29 on: May 05, 2021, 04:52:27 PM »

It's not as big as a losing streak as the ones above, but I found it interesting that Butte County CA had a 5 election losing streak from 1880 through 1896, voting Hancock-Blaine-Cleveland-Harrison-Bryan. This was a particularly cool streak since Butte County and the nation switched parties every election during this period, just in the exact opposite way.
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