Political Capital is collecting and analyzing the official results of the November 2012 presidential election at various levels of geography, including the vote in the more than 3,000 counties.
Following are the 10 counties or county equivalents where President Barack Obama took his largest share of the vote. Most are black-majority areas that historically are staunchly Democratic and were eager to re-elect Obama, the first black president in the nation’s history.
1. Shannon, South Dakota (93%): included within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the southwestern part of the state.
2. Bronx, New York (91%): about one in nine residents in New York City’s northernmost borough is non-Hispanic white. Bronx has been the most pro-Democratic New York City borough in five straight presidential elections.
3. Petersburg, Virginia (90%): a black-majority area about 25 miles south of Richmond.
4. Prince George’s, Maryland (90%): a black-majority area that abuts Washington, D.C.
5. Jefferson, Mississippi (89%): a sparsely populated, black-majority area by the Mississippi River south of Vicksburg.
6. Claiborne, Mississippi (88%): a black-majority county that abuts Jefferson to the north.
7. Baltimore city, Maryland (87%): more than three in five residents are black in Maryland’s biggest city.
8. Macon, Alabama (87%): a black-majority area that includes Tuskegee, the birthplace of Rosa Parks and the site of a university founded by Booker T. Washington.
9. Menominee, Wisconsin (86%): includes the Menominee Indian Tribe about 45 miles northwest of Green Bay.
10. Starr, Texas (86%): about 96 percent of residents are Hispanic in this low-income area on the Mexican border in south Texas.