Where Obama did better in 2012 than in 2008 (in one map)

November 9, 2012

President Obama was reelected on Tuesday, but he won by significantly smaller margins across the entire country -- except for a handful of places.

One of those places just happens to be the Eastern part of New Jersey, which was rocked by Hurricane Sandy a week before the election.

Voters up and down the counties along the Jersey Shore and in the New York City area voted for Obama by more than they voted for him in 2008. Obama did better in 2012 in Ocean County, Middlesex County, Union County and Passaic County, along with nearby Richmond County, N.Y. -- a.k.a. Staten Island.

Here's the map showing where Obama did better and worse:

The other place that stands out on this map is Alaska, where he reduced his 21-point loss from 2008 to just a 13-point loss in 2012. At least part of that, of course, has to do with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin having been on the GOP ticket in 2008, but Obama's 42 percent showing is far better than any other recent Democratic presidential candidate.

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), who is up for reelection in 2012, has got to like seeing that.

About the only other areas where Obama significantly out-performed his campaign of four years ago:

* South Florida

* Osceola County, Fla. (fast-growing and heavily Hispanic area south of Orlando)

* New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La.

* South Texas (also fast-growing Hispanic population)

* Suburbs south of Atlanta (fast-growing black population)

* Oklahoma City

* Montgomery County, Ala.

* DeSoto County, Miss. (fast-growing suburbs south of Memphis)

* St. Paul, Minn.

* Phoenix

* American Indian areas of northeast Arizona

* Columbus, Ohio

* The inner coastal plains of North Carolina and South Carolina

* New Haven County, Conn.

* A few counties north of Syracuse, N.Y.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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