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Bluest congressional districts in America

  • Bluest congressional districts in America

    The United States is home to 435 congressional districts, areas from which members are elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. These are the elected officials who hold seats in Congress to represent the residents of their home districts. Representatives of Congress are elected to two-year terms, and their responsibilities include introducing bills, offering amendments, and serving on committees. Congressional districts are determined by population, based on the result of the decennial census. The most recent districts were determined from the results of the 2010 U.S. Census.

    As in any other political scenario in the country, districts swing either blue (Democrat) or red (Republican). Some swing much more to the end of the spectrum than others. For example, no congressional district in the United States was more democratic than the 15th congressional district of New York. This district occupies a little more than half of the Bronx and is represented by Rep. Jose E. Serrano. The district is more than half Hispanic, 29% Black, and 3% white. It also has one of the lowest median incomes among congressional districts in the country. However, there are other widely Democratic congressional districts scattered all across the country.

    The political affiliation of the congressional district is a good indication of how that area will vote in the presidential elections. Stacker used data from the Cook Political Report to compile the 50 most Democratic congressional districts based on Cook’s Partisan Voter Index 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, then by the percent of the district that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. The original data is from 2017 but was updated in 2018.

    There are Democratic congressional districts all over the country. Unsurprisingly, they are clustered around major cosmopolitan areas like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. Do you know which congressional district is your own? Where on the political spectrum does your home area fall?

    Read on to discover the 50 bluest congressional districts in America.

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  • #50. California's 18th Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: D+23
    - 2016 election results: 73.4% Hillary Clinton, 20.2% Donald Trump
    - 2012 election results: 68.2% Barack Obama, 28.9% Mitt Romney
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Anna Eshoo

    Located in the western part of California, the 18th congressional district includes portions of San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties. According to BallotPedia, the population is approximately 717,397 and 68.3% white, 20% Asian, 1.9% Black, and 16.6% Hispanic. The unemployment rate is 7.8%, and the median household income is $97,001. It also has one of the highest high school graduation rates in the country at 93.6%.

  • #49. Oregon's 3rd Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: D+24
    - 2016 election results: 68.4% Hillary Clinton, 21.7% Donald Trump
    - 2012 election results: 71.6% Barack Obama, 24.5% Mitt Romney
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Earl Blumenauer

    Oregon's 3rd congressional district spans most of Multnomah County, including the majority of Portland east of the Willamette River, plus the towns of Gresham and Troutdale. Portland, a widely left-wing city, was in the news most recently following the ongoing nightly protests after the death of George Floyd. In response, President Donald Trump sent paramilitary-style forces into the city, deepening the already ravine-like divide between law enforcement and citizens, according to The Atlantic.

  • #48. California's 19th Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: D+24
    - 2016 election results: 72.9% Hillary Clinton, 21.5% Donald Trump
    - 2012 election results: 71.2% Barack Obama, 26.5% Mitt Romney
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Zoe Lofgren

    California's 19th district includes the city of San Jose, as well as its southern and eastern areas. The district has been blue since redistricting in 2013, according to California Globe. Since 1994, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren hasn’t received less than a 65% winning margin in a Congressional election.

  • #47. New York's 16th Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: D+24
    - 2016 election results: 74.5% Hillary Clinton, 22.3% Donald Trump
    - 2012 election results: 73.6% Barack Obama, 25.5% Mitt Romney
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Eliot Engel

    New York's 16th congressional district spans from the northern tip of the Bronx to the southern half of Westchester County, including the cities of Mount Vernon, Yonkers, New Rochelle, and Rye. The majority of the district is Black and Hispanic, at 57%, according to InsideClimate News. It is also the second most economically unequal district in New York State.

  • #46. Georgia's 4th Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: D+24
    - 2016 election results: 75.3% Hillary Clinton, 22.2% Donald Trump
    - 2012 election results: 73.6% Barack Obama, 25.6% Mitt Romney
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Hank Johnson

    Georgia's 4th congressional district was redrawn following the 2010 census, which granted an additional congressional seat to the state. The new district includes Atlanta's eastern suburbs and a portion of the city of Snellville. It is a predominantly Black district at 57%, according to Ballotpedia. The high school graduation rate is 85.6%, and the median household income is roughly $47,414.

     

  • #45. Pennsylvania's 2nd Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: D+25
    - 2016 election results: 72.9% Hillary Clinton, 24.9% Donald Trump
    - 2012 election results: 77.4% Barack Obama, 21.8% Mitt Romney
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Brendan Boyle

    The 2nd congressional district of Pennsylvania includes all of Northeast Philadelphia and parts of North Philadelphia. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse districts in the country, its makeup about 44% Caucasian, 25% Black, 28% Hispanic or Latino, and 8% Asian.

  • #44. Wisconsin's 4th Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: D+25
    - 2016 election results: 73.0% Hillary Clinton, 21.5% Donald Trump
    - 2012 election results: 75.2% Barack Obama, 23.7% Mitt Romney
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Gwen Moore

    Wisconsin's 4th congressional district circles a portion of Milwaukee County, including the entire city and the suburbs of Cudahy, St. Francis, South Milwaukee, and West Milwaukee. Ever since the turn of the century, this has been the most Democratic congressional district in Wisconsin, starting with John Kerry, who won 69% of the vote in 2004. Barack Obama won with more than 75% of the vote in 2008, as well. Milwaukee is one of Wisconsin's hippest cities, from The Public Museum, which has exhibits on world history and science, to the Harley Davidson Museum and the world-famous Miller Brewery.

  • #43. California's 17th Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: D+25
    - 2016 election results: 73.6% Hillary Clinton, 20.4% Donald Trump
    - 2012 election results: 71.9% Barack Obama, 25.5% Mitt Romney
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Ro Khanna

    Encompassing the South Bay and East Bay regions of the San Francisco Bay Area, California's 17th congressional district is home to some of the brightest minds in the nation. The 18th district includes the campus of Santa Clara University, as well as the corporate headquarters of Apple, Intel, and Yahoo. According to BallotPedia, it is one of the only districts in the nation that has a majority Asian population at 48.9%.

  • #42. Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: D+25
    - 2016 election results: 75.1% Hillary Clinton, 22.4% Donald Trump
    - 2012 election results: 75.8% Barack Obama, 22.8% Mitt Romney
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Cedric Richmond

    The strip of Louisiana that runs from Baton Rouge down to New Orleans comprises the state's 2nd Congressional District. During the post-Civil War Reconstruction era, New Orleans was one of the major centers in the South that deliberately denied Black citizens the right to vote, according to the Center for American Progress. At the time, the majority of Blacks were registered as Republican, but were not allowed to cast a ballot, maintaining the city as a Democratic stronghold.

  • #41. Minnesota's 5th Congressional District

    - Partisan Voter Index: D+26
    - 2016 election results: 73.0% Hillary Clinton, 18.3% Donald Trump
    - 2012 election results: 73.2% Barack Obama, 23.9% Mitt Romney
    - House of Representatives incumbent: Ilhan Omar

    Encompassing the entire city of Minneapolis and the rest of Hennepin County, Minnesota's 5th congressional district was founded in 1883. Today the district is represented by Ilhan Omar, who is the first Somali American to serve in the House of Representatives. She is also the first Black woman to represent Minnesota in the House, according to MPR News.