The map above shows which counties switched party in the 2016 US Presidential election compared to 2012. Red counties switched from Democrat to Republican, blue counties switched from Republican to Democrat and the vast majority in grey did not switch parties.
Once again, it should be noted that the map above says nothing about vote share by county. For that you may find our 2016 US Presidential Election Map By County & Vote Share interesting.
The main thing this map clearly shows are the large number of counties in the North-East and Midwest that went for Trump over Clinton. The effect was large enough to flip the normally Democratic leaning states of Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin into the Republican camp.
For more 2016 election maps see:
- If “Did Not Vote” Had Been A Candidate In The 2016 US Presidential Election, It Would Have Won By a Landslide
- How Whites Voted In The 2016 US Presidential Election by State & County
- 2016 US Presidential Electoral Map If Only [X] Voted
Want to better understand some of the dynamics at play in the 2016 election? Then have a look at the following books:
- Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do
- White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
- The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics
- Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
- The End of White Christian America
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Stanislaus County CA voted for Clinton according to CA SOS Statement of Vote so should be uncolored. Likewise Fresno & Riverside Counties voted for Obama in 2012 & shouldn’t be colorized.
The only 2 counties that switched in 2016 from red to Blue were Nevada & Orange which by the way is the 5th largest County in the Nation by population & has the largest # of registered Republicans of any County in the Nation.
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