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Petersburg, The Little Town That Could

Tim Craig

Here is a piece of post-election trivia to ponder.

Virginia's Petersburg appears to have given President-Elect Barack Obama his third best showing of any incorporated city or county in the lower 48 states, according to Politico's map of election results.

Petersburg, where African-Americans make up about 80 percent of the population, gave Obama 88.7 percent of its votes. Petersburg fell just short of supplying Obama with his second biggest percentage margin. That distinction goes to Prince Georges County, Maryland, where Obama got 88.9 percent of the vote. Obama appears to have performed the best in the District of Columbia, where he got an astounding 93 percent of the vote.

The following cities and counties finished just behind Petersburg: Bronx County New York,(88.2 percent) Jefferson County Mississippi (87.9 percent), Baltimore Maryland (87.3 percent), Macon County Alabama, (86.9 percent), Menominee County Wisconsin (86.9 percent), Manhattan County, New York (85 percent), Starr County Texas (84.5 percent), Zavala County Texas (84.2 percent), San Francisco California (84.1 percent), St. Louis Missouri (83.7 percent), Greene County Alabama (83.2 percent), Philadelphia Pennsylvania (83.1 percent).

Let me know if I missed any.

By Tim Craig  |  November 18, 2008; 1:16 PM ET
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