“Donald Trump just blew up the electoral map”. That was the Washington Post headline as the self-styled Republican nominee stunned experts and media projections and calculations to sweep the US Presidential elections on November 9. As media houses in the West still struggle to come up with what went wrong with their projections, we tried to put together some of the interesting points mapping the Trump victory — explaining the kind of support Donald Trump received from across the country.
More electoral college votes despite less popular votes
A presidential candidate does not just need more popular votes. He/she needs the support base to be efficiently distributed around the whole country so that the candidate wins the states. While every pre-poll projection and expert had claimed Hillary Clinton had a more “efficient” distribution of the votes, the end result was exactly the opposite. Clinton had more number of popular votes, Trump swept the states. The GOP candidate walked away with 279 electoral college seats even with 47.5% popular votes while Hillary Clinton could manage only 228 with 47.7% popular votes. This map by AP shows almost the entire country painted red with bits of blue in between.
Trump voters were spread all over the country
This map shows how strong the Republican vote was across the United States, pushing Democratic support back to strongholds on the west coast and in the north east. The Democrats lost support in the mid-west and around the Great Lakes, as well as in the south east, with exit polls suggesting that men voted Republican in much higher numbers than women.
Popularity among white voters
Trump received 58% of the white votes, who made up 70% of the electorate in this year’s election. Several of the swing states ultimately went to Trump largely owing to his strength among white voters. Trump beat Clinton 62 to 33 in counties that are at least 85% white. Clinton’s weakness was evident in that she couldn’t come closer to matching Obama’s total in 2012, when he won 41% of that vote. So even though Clinton actually did better than Obama in counties where at least 60% of the population is non-white, it was rarely enough to close her gap with white voters.
Huge margins in middle class areas
Trump ran up huge vote margins in counties where the median income was between $25,000 and $30,000 a year. The GOP received 52% votes in these counties. Again Cinton’s weakness here was palpable as Barack Obama won those counties by one point four years ago. Interestingly, Clinton did well in wealthier counties, but there simply weren’t enough votes there to match Trump‘s strength, shows an analysis by Bloomberg.
Huge rural support
Trump ruled in rural America with Democratic voters clustered in cities. It is to be noted that Clinton slightly improved upon Obama’s 2012 performance in counties with more than 1 million people but the rural vote overwhelmingly went for Trump, shows the Bloomberg analyasis. Clinton received less than 30% of the vote in counties with less than 20,000 people.