Henderson is a county located in the Appalachian Mountains, south of Asheville. The county seat is Hendersonville. It has retained its historically Republican nature, and with its high population is valuable to Republican prospectives statewide.
1988: R+29 (Solid Republican)
1992: R+24 (Solid Republican)
1996: R+34 (Solid Republican)
2000: R+34 (Solid Republican)
2004: R+27 (Solid Republican)
2008: R+28 (Solid Republican)
2012: R+31 (Solid Republican)
Forecast: There are hopes that an influx of young professionals will swing the county leftward, but this has not yet materialized. The county is more urban that its neighboring counties and its reaction to Barack Obama has not been as negative, but there has been a Republican trend in the county since 2004. The growth rate during the 2000s was 19.7%. The city of Hendersonville is the only area competitive for Democrats, whose future hopes in the county will rely on an increased liberal presence.
11th Congressional District Mark Meadows (R)
48th Senate District Tom Apodaca (R)
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