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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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