Orange City, Iowa
And I don’t think it’s any more complicated than the fact that Ted Cruz’s supposed social conservatism plays well to non-urban Dutch-Americans.
Other than to highlight the parallel of social connectivity by means of churches and other institutions, I don’t know why my illegitimate father brought out southwest Missouri and southern Illinois, because they’re not Dutch country. Southwest Missouri is more or less an extension of bordering parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas, and southern Illinois is more like western Kentucky than Chicago. Since Cruz did well in the parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Kentucky which border southwest Missouri and far southern Illinois, it would stand to reason he’d do well in southwest Missouri and far southern Illinois.
I also find it a bit ironic that the Dutch-Americans of Sioux County, Iowa, the county that is the number one county in the country in Raj Chetty Chetty Bang Bang’s study of intergenerational economic social mobility, thanks in no small part to the lack of immigration, spurned the most obvious immigration enforcement hard liner of our era to vote for someone with a Spanish last name and whose immigration record is questionable.