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According to a recent post on Andrew Sullivan’s blog, the poorest majority-white county in the USA iis Owsley County, Kentucky.  In 2008 it went 76-23 for McCain. But unlike in much of Appalachia this was not an anti-Obama thing: Bush got 78 percent in 2004 and 80 percent against Al Gore.

In fact, Owsley County was Republican before Republican was cool in the South: in 1976, Gerald Ford got 77 percent of its votes.  And in 1960, Dick Nixon got 86 percent.

What’s going on here?  Owsley County  was pro-Union during the Civil War, so my guess is one of those places where people have been Republican since then and “voted as they shot.”


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