IOWA CITY – Johnson County did nothing on Election Day to diminish its reputation as the most liberal place in Iowa.
The Google map linked to here shows that Johnson County had the highest percentage of votes for President Barrack Obama in the state at 66.9 percent. The next closest was Clinton County at 60.8 percent. (Also interesting on that map is that Obama won only four counties west of Polk County, and only two of those have boundaries completely west of Polk.)
The map embedded below, created by The Gazette’s John McGlothlen, shows which counties voted to retain Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, who was targeted by same-sex marriage opponents. Johnson County was by far the biggest backer of Wiggins, with 73.9 percent of voters casting ballots to retain him. The next closest I saw was Story County, home to Iowa State University, at 63.7 percent. (Click on a county to see how it voted.)
The title of the “People’s Republic of Johnson County” seems safe.