The map below compares the winners – by county – of the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary and the 2004 Presidential General Election. In North Carolina overall, President Bush won in 2004 over John Kerry by 12.4 points – 56.0 percent to 43.6 percent.
Obama – who won in North Carolina overall – won 18 of the 20 counties that voted for Kerry in 2004. (Clinton won Richmond and Robeson counties.) Clinton won nearly all of the western counties, which tended to vote for Bush in 2004. While Obama garnered more votes statewide, Clinton carried 55 counties and Obama carried 45.
The red counties represent wins by President Bush of more than 30 percentage points. The dark blue counties represent wins by John Kerry by more than 15 percentage points. The initials on each county indicate whether Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama carried the county in the 2008 primary.