Thursday, November 10, 2016

About That Performance

Donald Trump won a historic victory Tuesday. It appears he will win the Electoral College vote 306 to 232. He did it by carrying states that haven't voted Republican in decades.

Iowa -- While George W. Bush carried Iowa in 2004, the state had voted Democrat in six of the previous seven elections.

Michigan had not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1988.

Pennsylvania had not voted Republican since 1988.

Wisconsin had not voted Republican since Ronald Reagan's 1984 landslide.

The emerging consensus is that Hillary Clinton failed to energize the Obama coalition and underperformed with younger and minority voters. That is true to a point.

But in Florida, Clinton actually outperformed Obama. According to one analysis, Clinton won about 250,000 more votes than Obama won in 2012. Thankfully, Trump won 120,000 more votes than Clinton. And he outperformed Mitt Romney by more than 440,000 votes in the Sunshine State!

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