Four years ago, on the day after the election, I wrote the following post about the breakdown of voting in Missouri. While the name Obama has been replaced with Clinton and I had to change the percentage of the popular vote, otherwise everything remains true.
In the weeks running up to the election I became obsessed with CNN's
Election Center. With all the results in, I took a look at voting in
Missouri. CNN posted an interesting map showing how Missouri voted county by county.
As you can see, Clinton only carried three counties. They were St. Louis,
Jackson, and Boone. She also carried St. Louis city. St. Louis County is
part of the metro area, Jackson is home to Kansas City, and Boone is
home to Columbia, which serves as the setting
for my Civil War novel.
Knowing Missouri, I never expected Clinton to win there. She did
pretty well, though. St. Louis and Jackson are, of course, the most
populous counties, and Boone is number 7, so while Clinton only managed to
carry three counties and St. Louis city, she did get 38% of the popular
What's interesting is that St. Louis, Kansas City, and Columbia were the
three main strongholds for Union sentiment during the Civil War. More
rural areas (called "Outstate" by Missourans) tended to be for the
South. They supported the Democrats, who back then were a conservative
party that wanted to preserve the status quo. If you wanted to find
supporters of the liberal alternative to the Democrats, the Republicans
Party, you had to look in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Columbia.
A sweeping generalization, I know, but one that still has a ring of
truth 150 years later. The three cities are still liberal and the rest
of the state is still conservative, all they've done is switch parties!