Elliott may not stay true to the Democratic Party much longer, however.
Should Hillary Clinton run in 2016, locals said they’re confident that she’ll sweep the county, and possibly the state.
“She is one of the Democrats who in my opinion can bring the South back to the Democrats,” Rocky Adkins asserted. “I believe that with all of my heart.”
“If Hillary runs for president,” John Clevenger said, “she’ll sweep this county.”
Though a Clinton campaign likely would extend Elliott’s Democratic streak one more cycle, her possible 2016 victories south of the Mason-Dixon line would be less a resurgence of the Solid South and more of a death rattle.
Indeed, the county’s status as the country’s longest-lasting Democratic stronghold — and the Solid South’s last holdout — is tenuous. In last November’s elections, only 49.4 percent of Elliottonians voted for Obama, while 46.9 cast their ballots for Mitt Romney, the lowest margin of victory for a Democratic presidential candidate in the county’s history.
Democratic votes for Hillary in Elliot County: 301
Democratic votes for O’Malley and De La Fuente in Elliot County: 24
Republican votes for Trump in Elliot County (closed caucus): 17
Republican votes for Cruz in Elliot County: 15
Republican votes for Kasich in Elliot County: 4
Republican votes for Rubio in Elliot County: 3
Sanders also won Jackson County, the Kentucky county voting for the Republican candidate by the largest margins in the state since the Civil War. However, he lost Clay County, the least healthy and poorest White-majority county in the country, which has also voted Republican since the Civil War, though typically not by as large margins.
A 2.8% rate of voting for bullshit candidates in a Democratic primary is pretty low.