Which areas of Ohio went the most for Trump and Biden in 2020?

By: - February 5, 2021 12:25 am

Then-U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speak during the first presidential debate at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images)

There were plenty of Donald Trump voters living on the north side of Wooster who cast ballots at the Parkview Christian Church last November.

There were plenty of Joe Biden voters, too.

The Wayne County seat in northeast Ohio was relatively split between the two candidates, with some precincts in town giving a slight edge to Trump and polling places closer to the College of Wooster siding with Biden.

The precinct at Parkview Christian Church, though, was as split as it gets: Exactly 548 votes apiece were cast for the two presidential candidates. 

The New York Times recently published what it calls “An Extremely Detailed Map of the 2020 Election.” The interactive map allows you to scour the vast political landscape of Ohio to see how individual communities voted in the 2020 presidential election.

Zoomed fully out, the map showcases the swaths of rural areas dominated by President Donald Trump en route to his 8-point win, matching his success here four years earlier. There are dark blue patches of Democratic support in all the large cities, with smaller blips of Biden votes in college towns like Yellow Springs, Oberlin, Gambier and Athens.

There is also a version of the map showing each precinct’s voting habits in 2020 compared to 2016. The cities got bluer. Large portions of Appalachian Ohio got redder.

A total of 5,974,121 ballots were cast in Ohio for the 2020 General Election, producing a record 74% voter turnout. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose reported that all 88 counties had a higher percentage turnout than in the 2016 election.

Here are some more details gleaned from the NYT map of results:

Five precincts with the biggest margins for Trump:

  1. Paint Township, Holmes County — 785 votes for Trump, 39 votes for Biden (90% margin)
  2. Patterson Township, Darke County — 785 votes for Trump, 45 votes for Biden (89% margin)
  3. Gibson Township, Mercer County — 588 votes for Trump, 33 votes for Biden (89% margin)
  4. Granville Township West, Mercer County — 486 votes for Trump, 28 votes for Biden (89% margin)
  5. Clark Township, Holmes County — 407 votes for Trump, 28 votes for Biden (87% margin)

Five precincts with the biggest margins for Biden:

  1. Toledo 13-H, Lucas County — 328 votes for Biden, 2 votes for Trump (98% margin)
  2. Cleveland 7-L, Cuyahoga County — 356 votes for Biden, 4 votes for Trump (97% margin)
  3. Cleveland 3-B, Cuyahoga County — 325 votes for Biden, 4 votes for Trump (97% margin)
  4. Cleveland 5-M, Cuyahoga County — 267 votes for Biden, 3 votes for Trump (97% margin)
  5. Cleveland 10-O, Cuyahoga County — 265 votes for Biden, 3 votes for Trump (97% margin)

Three precincts with the closest margins:

t-1. Wooster 4-A, Wayne County — 548 votes for Trump, 548 votes for Biden 

t-1. Sylvania O, Lucas County — 404 votes for Trump, 404 votes for Biden

t-2. Mansfield 2-C, Richland County — 207 votes for Biden, 206 votes for Trump 

t-2. Clayton 2-A, Montgomery County — 339 votes for Biden, 338 votes for Trump 

Numerous precincts had margins of 2 votes between the two candidates in Hancock, Montgomery and Seneca counties. This box has been updated to include the Sylvania precinct also being split between Trump and Biden. 



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Tyler Buchanan
Tyler Buchanan

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.