Thursday, November 10, 2016

A big reason why Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Ohio: He ran up the score in Appalachia

With Rich Exner

Slowly but surely, Democrats had been losing their foothold in eastern and southern Ohio. On Tuesday, Donald Trump delivered the knockout blow.

Trump, now president-elect, ran at least 10 percentage points better than 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 42 counties, most of them situated in that Appalachia-encompassing region, according to a analysis of unofficial election results.

All told, Trump outperformed Romney, who lost the Buckeye State to President Barack Obama by 3 points, in all but five of 88 counties. But data suggest Trump owes his statewide win over Hillary Clinton - 8.5 points - to huge gains in these rural and blue collar areas.

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