Trump wins as exit poll preliminary data shows economy key

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Republican Donald Trump won Kentucky’s eight electoral votes, beating out Democrat Hillary Clinton in a state that has voted for the GOP presidential nominee in every election since 2000. Early results of exit polling show Trump picked up support in many quarters of the hard-hit coal mining state where the economy was identified as the most pressing issue.

Here’s a look at some voters’ views, according to preliminary results of exit polling conducted in Kentucky for The Associated Press and the television networks:

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IT’S THE ECONOMY, FOLKS

In a state with a struggling coal-mining industry, roughly 5 in 10 voters said the economy was the most important issue confronting the nation. Terrorism, immigration and – even further back – foreign policy took a distant backseat in many voters’ minds. Of those who saw economic worries as most pressing, voters split into two large blocs among Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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A PRESIDENT WHO BRINGS ABOUT NEEDED CHANGE?

For more than half of Kentucky voters, a president who can bring about “needed change” was the single most important quality they sought out in a candidate. And of that group, more than 8 in 10 voted for Trump.

Lagging far behind as the foremost issue for voters: experience, good judgment and a president “who cares about people like me.” Yet of the more than 1 in 10 Kentucky voters who said experience was the most important quality, more than 9 in 10 voted for Clinton.

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WHO VOTED FOR WHO?

Voters from 18 to 65 and older largely favored Trump. A predominantly white voting bloc also went more than 6 in 10 for Trump while of those identifying themselves as non-white, three-quarters cast ballots for Clinton.

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The survey of 1,099 voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research. This includes preliminary results from interviews conducted as voters left a random sample of 20 precincts statewide Tuesday. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

 

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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