On average, 24 percent of U.S. counties change allegiance in a presidential election, voting for a different party than they did four years earlier. This year, only 208 counties (6.8%) flipped — a 100 year low.
In October, a National Rural Assembly poll found Mitt Romney winning rural voters in nine swing states by 22 points. By the time the election came, that massive lead had been reduced to a smidgen over 10.
Months ago, reports from Minnesota had the rural vote as crucial to passage or defeat of two amendments. One would ban gay marriage and the other would require a photo ID to vote. Rural voters won one and lost one.
Rural Democrats proved to be more resilient than expected in U.S. Senate and House races. Montana retains, while North Dakota picks up, a Democratic Senator. In Georgia, rural themes are a big part of the Democratic incumbent's successful…