Orange County was once called the place “where good Republicans go to die” according to former President Ronald Reagan, and in spite of overwhelming voter registration statistics that show the gap between Red and Blue in Orange County diminishing, the OC GOP went on Facebook to proclaim OC as the nation’s most Republican County.
Nope. Not even close.
The reigning champions can be found here. From the site: “1. Montgomery County, Texas: Most Republican County People Actually Want to Live In (pop. 450,000+)”
Part of the greater Houston area, Montgomery was the 24th fastest-growing county in the U.S. from 2000 to 2010 and gave 79.7% of its vote to Romney. If your dream of conservative paradise involves a wealthy, master-planned community where the dictates of elected government are replaced by the dictates of deed restrictions and nosy neighborhood associations, consider taking your talents to The Woodlands, Montgomery’s major population center.
Back to Orange County for a moment. According to statistics from the California Secretary of State’s website
- In Orange County Republicans are 41.76% of registered voters compared to 31.69% that are Democrats. Roughly a 10 percent difference.
- In Placer County,47.07% are Republicans and 28.00% are Democrats.
While OC has more population than Placer County, it doesn’t have more people than Los Angeles County. If you’re looking at the raw number of Republicans and not the percentage difference, OC has about 583,625 Republicans compared to LA County’s 1,048,507.
The OC GOP; getting it wrong again and proving themselves bad at math.