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Trump Underperformed in Heavily Republican Oconee County

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Donald Trump underperformed in Oconee County on Nov. 8, compared with how Republican presidential candidates fared in 2012 and 2008, an analysis of the official results for the last three presidential elections shows.

Trump got 67.4 percent of the vote in Oconee County, compared with Mitt Romney’s 73.6 percent in 2012 and John McCain’s 70.8 percent in 2008.

Democrat Hillary Clinton got 28 percent of the Oconee County vote, according to the official results certified by Board of Elections and Registration Chair Pat Hayes on Nov. 14.

Clinton did better than President Barack Obama in 2012, when he got 24.8 percent of the vote in the county. In 2008, Obama got 28.2 percent of Oconee County’s vote, or a just slightly higher percentage than Clinton got in 2016.

Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson got 4.6 percent of the vote in Oconee County this year, compared with only 1.6 percent in 2012, when his name was also on the ballot as the Libertarian candidate.

For more, visit Oconee County Observations.