<p>[imgbelt img=ElectionMapcounties528.jpg]In more than 72 percent of rural and exurban counties, Mitt Romney won with more than 55 percent of the vote — a landslide in this otherwise close election.</p>
Here is how the vote in rural and exurban counties looks on a map. Blue counties went Democratic; red counties are Republican. Dark red counties had Republican landslide wins, where Romney won more than 55 percent of the vote. Dark blue counties were landslide Democratic.
More than seven out of ten rural and exurban counties were landslide Republican counties.
Only a little more than 15 percent voted Democratic in 2012.
You can do your own reporting here. Note the Democratic counties in the southern “black belt” counties and in the more Hispanic counties of Texas and the Southwest. Also, Democrats have a strong hold in New England and the upper Midwest.