This is a quick follow-up to my previous post on “unhyphenated Americans” and support for President Obama in the 2008 election. Here’s a map of Kentucky’s counties, comparing the 2008 and 2004 presidential results. The blue counties are where Obama did better in 2008 than Kerry did in 2004. The red counties are where he did worse. (Data from The New York Times.)
The most dramatic swings were in eastern Kentucky, where Obama did between 10%-20% worse in 2008 than Kerry did in 2004. Things didn’t change much here in Boyle county. Kerry got 37% of the vote in 2004 and Obama got 38% in 2008.