Camden County is a small, rural county located in northeastern North Carolina in the Albemarle Sound region. The county seat is Camden.
Massive population shifts in the county has transformed Camden from a Democratic county to a solidly Republican county in the span of a decade. This influx of new residents mostly came from the Virginia Beach area, and given the county’s small size, it did not take much growth for the political habits of the county to be significantly altered.
1988: D+4 (Toss-Up)
1992: R+2 (Toss-Up)
1996: R+4 (Toss-Up)
2000: R+16 (Solid Republican)
2004: R+27 (Solid Republican)
2008: R+39 (Solid Republican)
2012: R+38 (Solid Republican)
Forecast: From 1996 to 2008, growth within the county prompted a massive Republican trend. The end of this growth during the post-2008 recession brought this Republican trend to a stop. Camden is no longer a toss-up, as it was in the 1990s. Now, it is one of the most Republican counties in eastern North Carolina.
The rapid growth that Camden experienced in the 2000s decade has halted. Future growth is likely to continue to favor Republicans. But Camden’s tiny size (about 10,000 residents) prevents it from being a major player on the political scene.
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