By I-Hsien Sherwood | ( | First Posted: Nov 13, 2012 04:54 PM EST

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney gives his concession speech after losing the election to U.S. President Barack Obama, at Romney's election night rally in Boston, Massachusetts November 7, 2012. (Photo : Reuters)

Now that all the votes from last week's presidential election are in, the magnitude of the Republicans' loss is apparent.

But in some urban areas, Mitt Romney actually received no votes.

In 59 voting divisions in Philadelphia, not a single person voted for the Republican presidential candidate.

Results like these usually send people scurrying for evidence of voter fraud, but experts say it's not that unusual.

First, the voting divisions themselves are fairly small. Philadelphia alone has 1,687 of them, and the 59 divisions comprise a total of 19,605 votes, an average of about 330 apiece.

And the divisions are scattered through West and North Philadelphia, areas that are overwhelmingly African-American and Democratic.

A Philadelphia Inquirer search for the 12 Republicans listed on voter registration forms in one division was unable to locate any of them, or anyone else identifying as a Republican.

Nationwide, 93 percent of African-Americans support Obama.

Voters in cities, who live in densely-packed areas, are also easier to organize and reach out to. Canvassers can literally knock on every door in a city, and it's difficult to avoid a blanket of targeted campaigning.

In fact, Republicans have been shut out of elections in these parts before.

In 2008, 57 voting divisions in the area counted no votes for then-Republican candidate John McCain.

The situation seems to be getting worse for the Republicans. In 2004, only five divisions cast no votes for George W. Bush.

And the phenomenon is not restricted to Philadelphia.

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer found that in nine voting precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, no one cast a ballot for Romney.

This is the extreme end of a demographic shift that is eroding Republican support across the country.

Aside from African-Americans, other minorities and women are moving away from the conservatives.

Nationwide, 55 percent of women voted for Obama, resulting in an 18-point gender gap between the two parties, the largest ever. In addition, 73 percent of Asian-Americans and 71 percent of Latinos voted for Obama, the latter statistic climbing from 68 percent four years ago, and only 60 percent in 2004.

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