The vote for president in Grant County, North Dakota, last month, was: McCain 587, Barr 297, Obama 280, Baldwin 148, Nader 17. There were also 22 write-ins, but no one made a record of whom they were cast for.
These results were verified by a phone call to the County Auditor (in North Dakota, county Auditors handle elections). The person who answered the phone retrieved the records, looked at them for about a minute, and then said they are correct. These returns are on the North Dakota Secretary of State’s webpage, but sometimes errors occur. But that doesn’t seem to be the case in this instance.
Grant County has four precincts. Further research will be undertaken to see if the unusually strong vote for Barr and Baldwin was centered in one particular part of the county. Thanks to Austin Cassidy for this interesting news. Grant County in past elections had been moderately more supportive of the Libertarian Party, and also of the Constitution Party, then other North Dakota counties, but not markedly so. Grant County is in southwestern North Dakota. North Dakota has always been one of the strongest states in the country for presidential candidates who are opposed to military action overseas.
In 2004, Grant County voted overwhelmingly for President George W. Bush.