by Craig Dimitri

We regularly use “red” and “blue” in political analysis nowadays.  And so perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising, that Transylvania County (population 29,626) is a blood-red county in a blood-red state, North Carolina.  But can vampires really vote there?

A Blood-Red County

In 2004, President George W. Bush easily captured the Count(y) in Transylvania, defeating John F. Kerry by a margin of 60%-39%.  In 2000, he did even better against Al – well, Gore – winning 63%-36%. 

Bush carried the state by double-digit margins in both of his presidential campaigns.  In 2000, Bush topped Gore, 56%-44%.  Even with its favorite son, U.S. Sen. John Edwards (D., N.C.) on the ticket with Kerry in 2004, it made virtually no difference; Bush still carried North Carolina, 56%-44%.   

So Why Did Transylvania County Get Its Unusual Name – Was It Associated With Count Dracula?


The mountainous region of Transylvania in Southeastern Europe (located in present-day Romania) did not become associated with vampires in the Western world, until the publication of the Bram Stoker classic novel, Dracula.  The Irish author published his masterpiece – in 1897.  (In 1992, it was made into an excellent film by the distinguished director, Francis Ford Coppola.)

However, Transylvania County had been given its name in 1861, the first year of the Civil War, 36 years prior to Dracula‘s publication.

History of Transylvania County, NC can be found at the County’s official site at

NC Election Results are at 

The name and current Census number of the population of the county, was found at the History Channel’s online exhibit, the History of Halloween, at

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