List of Democrats who opposed the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, 2016

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Most Democratic voters supported Hillary Clinton,[1][2] but some traditionally Democratic counties in the Rust Belt voted for Donald Trump. One reason given for Trump winning counties in Eastern Ohio in the Ohio Republican primary, 2016 was Democratic voters opposed to free trade who had voted in the Republican primary.[3] In general CNN exit polls showed Ohio Democratic voters with slightly less support for Clinton than the national average,[4] and Trump receiving higher support among Democratic voters in Ohio than Romney had in 2012.[5]

Hillary Clinton had relatively low support in Appalachia from Democratic voters. In interviews with The Guardian, Appalachian Democrats voting for Trump cited concerns about NAFTA and coal-mining.[6] An exit poll showed Donald Trump receiving 22% of the Democratic vote in Kentucky,[7] a state Clinton had won overwhelmingly in the Kentucky Democratic primary, 2008.[8] Elliott County, Kentucky, which had the longest unbroken streak of voting Democrat of any county in the United States, went for Trump.[9] Some Appalachian states, such as Tennessee and West Virginia, did not have exit polls.[10]

Overall CNN exit polls indicated Clinton received 89% of the Democratic vote,[11] compared with House Democrats receiving 92% of the Democratic vote.[12] The difference between percentage of Republicans voting for a Republican representative and voting for Trump was six points.

The Democrats who voted for Trump have been labelled "Trumpocrats".[13]

There were also Democratic voters who favored Jill Stein. In Oregon, Stein received one percent of the Democratic vote according to CNN exit polls,[14] equal to the total for all third-party voting among Democrats in 2012.[15]

Prominent Democrats who supported other candidates[edit]

This list also includes people who left the Democratic Party in 2016.

Democrats for Trump[edit]

Democrats for Stein[edit]



  1. ^ Indicated support before Donald Trump's presumptive nomination on May 4.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Populism is Democrats' best shot at regaining power". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  2. ^ News, A. B. C. (November 9, 2016). "Donald Trump's Path to Victory Through the Rust Belt". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  3. ^ The Daily 202 in the Washington Post
  4. ^ "2016 election results: Ohio Exit polls". Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  5. ^ "2012 election results: Ohio Exit polls". Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  6. ^ Hoel, Arne (October 2, 2016). "Trump country: why Democratic strongholds are turning red". Retrieved November 25, 2016 – via The Guardian.
  7. ^ "2016 election results: Kentucky Exit polls". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  8. ^ "Kentucky Democratic Delegation 2008". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  9. ^ "Covington Chooses Change: Meyer Elected Mayor, Williams Back on Commission". November 9, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  10. ^ Politico
  11. ^ CNN exit polls for President
  12. ^ CNN exit polls on House voters
  13. ^ "Trumpocrats: Are They the Next Reagan Democrats?". Retrieved November 25, 2016 – via
  14. ^ "2016 election results: Oregon Exit polls". Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  15. ^ "2011 election results: Oregon Exit polls". Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  16. ^ Bice, Daniel (June 16, 2016). "Clarke says he will 'do everything I can' to help Trump win". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  17. ^ Hosenball, Mark & Holland, Steve (February 26, 2016). "Trump being advised by ex-U.S. Lieutenant General who favors closer Russia ties". Reuters.
  18. ^ "Ex-Democratic congressman Luken: I'm voting for Trump". The Cincinnati Enquirer. October 3, 2016.
  19. ^ Kruse, Michael (2018-03-02). "'He's JFK With Tattoos and a Bench Press'". Politico.
  20. ^, The Washington Times. "Dave 'Mudcat' Saunders, Democratic strategist, voting for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton". Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  21. ^ Chait, Jonathan (September 22, 2016). "Trump Endorsed by Populist Democrat, Money Launderer Andrew Stein". Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  22. ^ "Adam Walinsky Personal Papers – John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  23. ^ "I Was RFK’s Speechwriter. Now I’m Voting for Trump. Here’s Why.",, September 21, 2016
  24. ^ "Jim Webb: I could vote for Trump, but not Hillary". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  25. ^ "Former Clinton-Era Intelligence Director Woolsey to Advise Trump". Bloomberg Politics. September 12, 2016.
  26. ^ Burgess, Joel (July 13, 2016). "Bothwell leaves Democrats over Clinton". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved August 21, 2016.
  27. ^ Letters (August 12, 2016). "Letter writer: Bothwell echoes Sanders' plan to leave Democratic Party | Mountain Xpress". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  28. ^ Goodman, H.A. (May 8, 2017). "How The Young Turks Helped Elect Trump". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  29. ^ "Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Coming to Minnesota". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  30. ^ Editor, Mollie Reilly Deputy Politics; Post, The Huffington (November 1, 2016). "Susan Sarandon Goes Full 'Bernie Or Bust,' Endorses Jill Stein". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
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  32. ^ Flanagan, Caitlin. "Caitlin Flanagan: Why I Won't Vote for Hillary". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
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