Pennsylvania Confirms Hillary’s Appalachian Prowess

Hillary Clinton‘s sweep of Pennsylvania hill country was the latest indication that she is much more popular in Appalachia than her rival Barack Obama. Hillary has been has been posting big wins in congressional districts like Virginia’s Ninth and Ohio’s Sixth and racking up huge margins in Appalachian counties from the Tennessee River to the Susquehanna.

I’ve noted before that Clinton is dominating hill country, and J-Mart has written about her Scots-Irish advantage and Michael Barone has discussed her appeal to Jacksonians.

To test these theories, I identified the congressional districts I consider to be in Appalachia, and then mapped out the electoral results.  From south to north, I included Alabama’s 5th; Georgia’s 9th; South Carolina’s 4th; Tennessee’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th; North Carolina’s 5th, 10th and 11th; Kentucky’s 5th; Virginia’s 6th and 9th; West Virginia’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd; Maryland’s 6th; Ohio’s 6th; and Pennsylvania’s 4th, 5th, 9th, 12th, 14th and 18th.

North Carolina, West Virginia and Kentucky have yet to vote, but if the electoral maps of the rest of Appalachia are any indication, Hillary can expect huge wins in the Appalachian pockets of these states.

Electoral Map of AppalachiaIn this map, Clinton is red and Obama is blue.  The darker the shade, the higher the margin of victory.

Appalachia Electoral Map

Electoral Map of Appalachia ( — Obama is green and Clinton is blue.

Appalachia Electoral Map


4 responses to “Pennsylvania Confirms Hillary’s Appalachian Prowess

  1. Great maps… I love this approach of mapping in the results across state borders, very enlightening when it comes to discerning regional and cross-regional trends.

    I tried that a while ago using the Google Maps application that gives county-level results by state; collated the various state maps. But the result was nothing like as sophisticated as this (see

    Looks like Obama is going to have a tough row to hoe in the western part of North Carolina…

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