Androscoggin is the Maine county coming closest to matching the demographic and political shifts of a altering U.S., the polling agency Echelon Insights discovered.
It highlights the relative variety and youth in Maine’s second-largest metropolis of Lewiston and its twin metropolis of Auburn. Each are distinct within the nation’s whitest state and the one with the best median age, whereas the world’s standing as a swing electoral bloc has lengthy been acknowledged in state politics and has continued over the last a number of elections.
Androscoggin was named the 255th “commonest” county out of simply over 3,000 within the U.S. by Echelon Insights on Tuesday. The agency used the 2020 presidential election margin and demographic information on race, training, earnings, faith and different subjects to attain counties on how carefully they matched the nationwide median.
The explanations for this go to the area’s wealthy historical past. The Lewiston space has been often called a political swing space for many years, due largely partially to a big Franco-American inhabitants and a Republican-led transfer in 1972 to get rid of “large field” voting, which allowed folks to robotically vote for each social gathering candidate without delay.
The town stays closely Democratic by social gathering registration. Many Republicans have received there, notably former Gov. Paul LePage, who was born within the metropolis. For the reason that early 2000s, the Lewiston space has been modified by hundreds of immigrants from Somalia and different African international locations. The remainder of Androscoggin County stays rural and conservative.
Trump received the county by lower than 3 share factors in 2020 over President Joe Biden, who received Maine general. Biden misplaced within the extra conservative 2nd Congressional District, which is represented by Rep. Jared Golden, a Democrat from Lewiston.
Androscoggin stands out in Maine, the place it has the most important non-white inhabitants of any county at 13.1 %, in line with 2020 census information. Practically 21 % of its inhabitants is under age 18, which is the best mark within the state, near the nationwide common of twenty-two %.
York was second most at 334th and Sagadahoc was shut behind at 337th. Aroostook was the least typical county in Maine at 2,288th partially due to a swing towards Trump within the 2020 election and an getting old inhabitants.
Probably the most consultant counties in New England have been ones in higher Boston with important suburbs and Hispanic populations. Windfall County, Rhode Island, ranked Tenth-most typical within the nation, adopted by the adjoining Massachusetts counties of Bristol at twenty fourth and Worcester at thirty seventh.