Clinton and Obama’s voter troves

The maps below show where Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ran up the biggest margins against each other on Super Tuesday (in other words, where they didn’t count votes, they weighed them). In Massachusetts and New York, Clinton ran strongest in the suburbs, but her biggest advantages in terms of raw votes were in the New York City borough of Queens and in the Bay State’s Bristol County. The latter includes the cities of Fall River and New Bedford, which have large Portuguese communities. Did they follow the trend of Latino voters nationwide in backing Clinton? Obama’s biggest vote margin was in Essex, New Jersey, which includes Newark, but he obviously needed to do better there to come close to carrying the state.


In the Midwest and Southeast, Obama showed much more strength in the suburbs than he did in the Boston-to-New York corridor. In Georgia, he won big in both Atlanta (Fulton County) and in next-door DeKalb County. In Missouri, he won the city of St. Louis by 29,000 votes, but more importantly he won St. Louis County (outside of the city) by more than 50,000 votes. Clinton’s biggest margins were in Florida’s Gold Coast; Obama didn’t actively campaign in that state, but it’s unlikely he could have done much better in what is arguably a snowbird annex to the Northeastern part of the US. Outside of Florida, her biggest margin was in the newer suburban county of Jefferson, Missouri.


In the West, Clinton’s massive victory in Los Angeles County, along with a sizable margin in historically Republican Orange County, made her unbeatable in California. Obama’s biggest margin was in more liberal (but also smaller) San Francisco.