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Trump wins Tennessee by 26 points; carries 91 of 95 counties

November 9, 2016 GMT
Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump supporter Jessie Diconti cheers at a Williamson County Republican watch party on election night at Old Natchez Country Club in Franklin, Tenn. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (Shelley Mays/The Tennessean via AP)
Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump supporter Jessie Diconti cheers at a Williamson County Republican watch party on election night at Old Natchez Country Club in Franklin, Tenn. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (Shelley Mays/The Tennessean via AP)
Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump supporter Jessie Diconti cheers at a Williamson County Republican watch party on election night at Old Natchez Country Club in Franklin, Tenn. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (Shelley Mays/The Tennessean via AP)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Donald Trump has won Tennessee’s presidential election by 26 percentage points, carrying all but four of the state’s 95 counties.

More than 1.5 million voters cast their ballots in favor of Trump, or 61 percent, compared with about 866,000 for Democrat Hillary Clinton, or 35 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 2 percent of the state vote.

Tennessee has now voted for the Republican nominee in the past five presidential elections.

The 2.5 million votes cast in this year’s presidential election in Tennessee were about 22,500 more than in Republican Mitt Romney’s 20-percentage-point win over Barack Obama in 2012, but 117,500 less than when John McCain beat Obama in the state by 15 percentage points in 2008.

Trump received 53,000 more votes in Tennessee than Romney did in 2012 and 36,000 more than McCain in 2008.

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Trump won 91 of the state’s 95 counties, earning more than three-quarters of the vote in 47 of them. His highest winning percentage was in Wayne County on the Alabama border, where he won 86 percent to Clinton’s 12 percent.

Clinton won more than 60 percent of the vote in Davidson and Shelby counties, which are home to heavily Democratic Nashville and Memphis. She also more narrowly won Haywood and Hardeman counties in western Tennessee.

But Clinton received 95,000 fewer votes in the state than Obama did in the 2012 election, and was 222,000 votes below Obama’s haul in 2008.

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