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Reddest congressional districts in America

  • Reddest congressional districts in America

    The clamor of politics and looming elections have many Americans looking at the country in hues of red and blue, so Stacker decided to find the reddest, most solidly Republican congressional districts in the county.

    Far and away, most are rural and agricultural, growing the country's supplies of wheat, corn, and peanuts, grazing herds of cattle, and raising flocks of chickens. Others draw from the sea, building their economies on fishing and commercial seafood production.

    Many share an interest in resource exploration, extraction, and production of energy—particularly oil, natural gas, and hydroelectricity.

    A significant number of the districts are intimately involved with national pursuits, whether by processing nuclear weaponry, testing rockets, or serving as homes to military bases and specialized training centers.

    Other currents are more troubling. Several of the country's reddest districts, in states such as in Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri, are nearly entirely white and suburban, and they sit adjacent to troubled inner cities with significant communities of people of color.

    Most are so solidly red that for many locals, a victory by a Democratic candidate may be a hazy memory at best.

    To find the reddest congressional districts in the land, Stacker used 2017 data from the Cook Political Report, which was updated in 2018, to compile the 50 most Republican congressional districts based on Cook's Partisan Voter Index (PVI) score. The PVI compares the district's vote in recent presidential elections to the U.S. national average. Each congressional district is first ranked by its PVI score and then ranked by the percent of the district that voted for Donald Trump in 2016. This link will help readers understand more about the PVI methodology.

    And remember—whether you lean red, blue, or toward another color altogether—don't forget to vote.

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  • #49. Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District (tie)

    - Partisan Voter Index: R+18
    - 2016 election results: 65.1% Donald Trump, 30.0% Hillary Clinton
    - 2012 election results: 63.4% Mitt Romney, 35.0% Barack Obama
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Chuck Fleischmann

    This Republican district in Tennessee features Lookout Mountain, the city of Chattanooga, and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, created as part of the Manhattan Project to develop nuclear weapons and energy. Also, there is the Y-12 National Security Complex, the government's national center for handling, processing, and storing highly enriched uranium for nuclear weapons.

  • #49. Kentucky's 4th Congressional District (tie)

    - Partisan Voter Index: R+18
    - 2016 election results: 65.1% Donald Trump, 29.2% Hillary Clinton
    - 2012 election results: 63.4% Mitt Romney, 34.8% Barack Obama
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Thomas Massie

    Kentucky's 4th District sits in the northernmost part of the state along the Ohio River, bordering the state of Ohio and the city of Cincinnati. More than 90% white, it abuts Louisville, a city that is nearly a quarter Black and was home to Breonna Taylor, a Black woman shot and killed in her home by police executing a warrant involving her ex-boyfriend.

  • #48. Florida's 2nd Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: R+18
    - 2016 election results: 66.2% Donald Trump, 30.6% Hillary Clinton
    - 2012 election results: data not available

    Stretching along the Florida panhandle, the 2nd district includes Panama City and the Gulf of Mexico coastline. It is the state's largest congressional district, as measured by land area. The district's Republican House incumbent faces a minor challenge in 2020 from an independent write-in candidate.

  • #47. Missouri's 3rd Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: R+18
    - 2016 election results: 67.0% Donald Trump, 28.0% Hillary Clinton
    - 2012 election results: 62.1% Mitt Romney, 36.0% Barack Obama
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Blaine Luetkemeyer

    Jefferson City, the Lake of the Ozarks recreational destination, and suburbs to the west and south of St. Louis, compose Missouri's 3rd District. It is largely white, at more than 90%, and its biggest industry is manufacturing. Neighboring St. Louis County, by comparison, is more than 45% Black.

  • #46. Indiana's 6th Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: R+18
    - 2016 election results: 67.5% Donald Trump, 27.3% Hillary Clinton
    - 2012 election results: 60.4% Mitt Romney, 37.3% Barack Obama
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Greg Pence

    Sitting to the south and east of Indianapolis, Indiana's 6th Congressional District runs from the city of Muncie in the north to Madison in the south near the Kentucky border. The district's seat once was held by Vice President Mike Pence, and the Republican incumbent in 2020 is his brother Greg Pence.

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  • #45. Arkansas' 3rd Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: R+19
    - 2016 election results: 61.9% Donald Trump, 30.5% Hillary Clinton
    - 2012 election results: 65.5% Mitt Romney, 31.6% Barack Obama
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Steve Womack

    Tucked in the state's northwest corner, Arkansas' 3rd District includes the cities of Fayetteville and Bentonville, home to the headquarters of retail giant Walmart. The Republican incumbent has gotten support this year from conservative groups and businesses with local connections such as McKee Foods, Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin, the National Chicken Council, and Koch Industries.

  • #44. Louisiana's 6th Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: R+19
    - 2016 election results: 65.3% Donald Trump, 31.3% Hillary Clinton
    - 2012 election results: 66.2% Mitt Romney, 32.0% Barack Obama
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Garret Graves

    The city of Baton Rouge, northern Louisiana, rural farmland, and bayous along the Gulf of Mexico compose the state's 13-parish 6th Congressional District. The Mississippi River courses its way through the district, with the maritime industry, an inland waterway system, and five major ports. It boasts of a bustling energy industry and is one of the nation's top producers of commercial seafood. It is roughly two-thirds white, while the neighboring district that includes New Orleans is almost two-thirds Black.

  • #43. Tennessee's 8th Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: R+19
    - 2016 election results: 65.8% Donald Trump, 30.5% Hillary Clinton
    - 2012 election results: 66.3% Mitt Romney, 32.7% Barack Obama
    - House of Representatives incumbent: David Kustoff

    The northwestern corner of Tennessee, bordering Missouri and Kentucky, is home to the state's 8th Congressional District. Agriculture is key, as the district is home to more than 10,000 farm operators, as is commercial navigation on the Mississippi and Tennessee rivers. Its flatlands and river plains are prone to frequent flooding and severe weather damage.

  • #42. South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: R+19
    - 2016 election results: 67.0% Donald Trump, 29.0% Hillary Clinton
    - 2012 election results: 64.6% Mitt Romney, 33.9% Barack Obama
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Jeff Duncan

    The 3rd Congressional District in northwestern South Carolina, in what is called Upstate or the Upcountry, is home to the city of Anderson, Clemson University, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Key to the district economy is Fujifilm Manufacturing U.S.A., a plastic fabrication plant in Greenwood with more than 1,000 jobs. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham held the 3rd District seat before moving on to win his Senate position in 2003.

  • #41. Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: R+19
    - 2016 election results: 67.5% Donald Trump, 27.6% Hillary Clinton
    - 2012 election results: 63.3% Mitt Romney, 35.1% Barack Obama
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Brett Guthrie

    Among the landmarks in Kentucky's 2nd District are the U.S. Army's Fort Knox giant military installation, the Fort Knox Bullion Depository, where gold reserves are stored, and the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, now a National Historical Park. There are almost 20,000 farms in the bluegrass district, which stretches along the Ohio River bordering Indiana.

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