2016 New Hampshire Election Results Defy “Blue State” Myth


There’s a persistent myth that New Hampshire is a blue state, politically speaking. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary in a landslide, Hillary Clinton barely squeaked out a win over Donald Trump, and both of 2016’s US Congressional elections went to Democrats. Beyond that, there’s the general impression that New England is one of the American bastions of leftism, and that ends up lumping the Granite State into the mix.

The reality, however, is far different. New Hampshire is a unique political animal, falling in neither the right-wing nor the left-wing category. While the national-level political landscape is completely blue, the local spread is a sea of red this time around. In terms of elected officials who actually impact the Live Free or Die state itself, we’re looking at a highly Republican government.

The following results were compiled by a local political activist for New Hampshire Freedom, and are reprinted here with the author’s permission.

2016 New Hampshire County Office Election Results

December 5, 2016
Many people are aware that the voters just elected Republicans to control the entire state government from the governor and executive council, to the New Hampshire Senate and the New Hampshire House. However, it is county offices that really show how dominate Republicans were in winning control of the New Hampshire government. 87% of the county offices with a Republican candidate went to the Republican candidate. Only 40% of the county offices with a Democratic candidate went to the Democratic candidate.

Republicans won 71% of the 73 county office positions up for election in 2016. Democrats only won 29%.

52 out of the 60 Republicans that ran were elected. 21 out of the 52 Democrats that ran were elected.

Half of the counties only elected Republicans to county offices. The most populated county, with both of New Hampshire’s major cities, only elected 1 Democratic candidate to county office. No counties only elected Democrats to county offices.

Only 292,000 out of the 1,331,000 people in New Hampshire live in counties where Democrats won the most county offices. However, 2 of the 3 county commissioners in Cheshire County are Republicans, so that county government is controlled at least in part by Republicans. Republican county officials control counties where 78% of the New Hampshire population live. Only 16% of the New Hampshire population lives in the 2 counties controlled by Democratic county officials.

County office breakdown by county in order of population:
Hillsborough County (407,000)
Republicans won 88% of the county races
7 out of 8 Republicans
1 out of 8 Democrats

Rockingham County (302,000)
Republican won 100%
7 out of 7 Republicans
0 out of 6 Democrats

Merrimack County (148,000)
Republican won 100%
7 out of 7 Republicans
0 out of 4 Democrats

Strafford County (127,000)
Democrats won 88%
1 out of 2 Republican
7 out of 7 Democrats

Grafton County (89,000)
Democrats won 71%
3 out of 6 Republicans
5 out of 6 Democrats

Cheshire County (76,000)
Democrats won 86%
1 out of 4 Republicans
6 out of 7 Democrats

Belknap County (61,000)
Republican won 100%
7 out of 7 Republicans
0 out of 1 Democrats

Carrol County (47,000)
Republican won 100%
7 out of 7 Republicans
0 out of 4 Democrats

Sullivan County (43,000)
Republican won 100%
7 out of 7 Republicans
0 out of 4 Democrats

Coos County (31,000)
Republicans won 71%
5 out of 5 Republicans
2 out of 5 Democrats

Election results http://sos.nh.gov/2016CountyGen.aspx
Population numbers and map https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_New_Hampshire

Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. He is also the founder of the Rights Brigade, a mover for the Free State Project, and a martial art instructor.
  • Keith

    Do the colors on the state map have a specific meaning?

    • I think it’s an electoral map from 1956, but for the purposes of this article it just represents GOP red.

    • miseshayekrothbard

      There should be a current map on the governor election wiki page

  • NewHampshire

    The problem I see with this is, 48% of the people who voted in NH’s GOP primary were Democrats.. so basically the state is still blue… and we have elected a Democrat president because the Dems took over the GOP. We are now a one party country.

    • What does that even mean?

    • miseshayekrothbard

      If that were even remotely close to reality, Democrats would not be shrieking how horrible Trump is. There is massive evidence that he was always a conservative and only publicly have some lip service to Democrats because you have to in NYC.

  • miseshayekrothbard

    It’s wonderful, ain’t it?

  • Dave Van Wyk

    Red vs blue state shouldn’t matter to a libertarian, BUT NH is a special case — we send our ex-govs to the US Congress where … they can do less harm? — not so sure about that — we may make libt progress in NH, bit by slow bit, but the feds could snuff out all the gains we make, and then some.