LIMA — Allen County residents in total may have overwhelmingly voted in favor of a second term for President Donald Trump, but a precinct by precinct breakdown shows that Biden found his fair share of support throughout the city’s varying neighborhoods.
According to 2020 election results, Trump’s primary bastion of support in Allen County was found outside of Lima. In these areas, voters came out in record numbers — many breaching 80% turnout — to support the president by a 4-to-1 margin.
Small towns also joined in the support. Voters in Spencerville, Delphos, Beaverdam, Cairo, Harrod and Lafayette also largely supported a second Trump term.
As for Bluffton, it too went red this year, but the margins weren’t nearly as high in other areas. Such a result can be most likely attributed to the influence of Bluffton University as individuals with higher educational attainment tended to vote for Democrats in higher percentages.
Trump’s support, however, picks up when Lima proper comes into play. He won outlying districts throughout the west, north and east parts of town, roughly by 3-to-2 ratios.
The voting block near the city’s downtown — 10 precincts out of the county’s 88 — ended up giving Biden more votes.
Essentially, voters concentrated in those central and southern neighborhoods vote overwhelmingly Democratic, especially when compared to the rest of the county. In other words, just a few precincts are solid islands of blue in a larger sea of red, which has a larger effect in city-only elections.
A breakdown of the Allen County commissioner race helps illustrate the dynamic. While not everyone voted down-ticket depending on political affiliation, voting results emphasize that many people did. In the larger county, Democratic candidate for commissioner, Norman Capps, lost the race by just under 17,000 votes, or 35% of the total. When taking only city precincts into account, the race tightens considerably to just a 450 vote count difference, or 9.5%.
If turnout percentages in left-leaning precincts rose to match some of the more conservative neighborhoods in the city, the change — in at least city politics — could be substantial.
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