Forty-two of Alabama’s 67 counties voted for Romney. President Obama, who won re-election, captured only one county — Jefferson — north of the Montgomery/Black Belt part of the state. In fact, 21 counties in north and central Alabama cast 70 percent or more of their votes for the GOP candidate.
In the Black Belt, counties such as Greene, Sumter, Perry and Wilcox — counties with large minority populations — went overwhelmingly for the president. South Alabama resembled north Alabama: steel-strong support for Romney. It’s interesting that even Lee and Tuscaloosa counties, home to thousands of college-age voters, were in the Republican column.
As was the case in the 2008 election, Alabama’s presidential voting trends fell strongly on racial lines. Counties dominated by white voters voted for the Republican candidate, and counties with large numbers of black residents voted for the Democratic candidate.