United States presidential election in Pennsylvania, 2016

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United States presidential election in Pennsylvania, 2016
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Turnout 70.11% Increase[1]

  Donald Trump official portrait (cropped).jpg Hillary Clinton by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Nominee Donald Trump Hillary Clinton
Party Republican Democratic
Home state New York New York
Running mate Mike Pence Tim Kaine
Electoral vote 20 0
Popular vote 2,970,733 2,926,441
Percentage 48.18% 47.46%

Pennsylvania Presidential Election Results 2016.svg
County Results

President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Donald Trump
Republican

Treemap of the popular vote by county.

The 2016 United States presidential election in Pennsylvania took place on November 8, 2016, as part of the 2016 general election in which all fifty states and the District of Columbia participated. Pennsylvania voters chose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote.

On April 26, 2016, in the presidential primaries, voters selected the Democratic, Republican, and Green parties' respective nominees for president. Pennsylvania is a closed primary state, meaning voters must have been previously registered with a particular political party in order to vote for one of that parties' candidates, to participate in their respective party primary.[2]

The Republican party candidate, who became their nominee following the primary, Donald Trump, won Pennsylvania by 44,292 votes out of more than six million cast, a difference of 0.72% and the narrowest margin in a presidential election for the state in 176 years, since 1840 when William Henry Harrison defeated Martin Van Buren by just 0.2%.

Prior to the election, Pennsylvania was widely expected to be a close state, although most polls suggested Clinton had the edge. However, the state narrowly swung to Donald Trump, who carried 56 of the state's 61 counties, predominantly rural or semi-rural, whilst Clinton carried much of the Philadelphia metropolitan area as well as other cities including Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Scranton. Nonetheless, some areas of traditional Democratic strength such as Luzerne County saw swings in margins of up to 25% toward Donald Trump, making him the first Republican candidate for president to carry Pennsylvania since George H. W. Bush in 1988.

Primaries[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

Results of the Democratic primary by county.
  Hillary Clinton
  Bernie Sanders
Pennsylvania Democratic primary, April 26, 2016
Candidate Popular vote Estimated delegates
Count Percentage Pledged Unpledged Total
Hillary Clinton 935,107 55.61% 106 20 126
Bernie Sanders 731,881 43.53% 83 0 83
Rocky De La Fuente 14,439 0.86% 0 0 0
Total 1,681,427 100% 189 20 209
Source: The Green Papers, Pennsylvania State Elections Official Results

Republican primary[edit]

Republican primary results by county.
  Donald Trump
Pennsylvania Republican primary, April 26, 2016
Candidate Votes Percentage Actual delegate count
Bound Unbound Total
Donald Trump 902,593 56.61% 17 42 59
Ted Cruz 345,506 21.67% 0 4 4
John Kasich 310,003 19.44% 0 3 3
Ben Carson (withdrawn) 14,842 0.93% 0 0 0
Marco Rubio (withdrawn) 11,954 0.75% 0 0 0
Jeb Bush (withdrawn) 9,577 0.60% 0 0 0
Unprojected delegates: 0 5 5
Total: 1,594,475 100.00% 17 54 71
Source: The Green Papers

Green Party[edit]

Pennsylvania held a series of caucuses throughout April, culminating with a meeting on April 30 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where delegates were assigned.[3][4]

Pennsylvania Green Party presidential caucuses, April 17, 2016
Candidate Votes Percentage National delegates
America Symbol.svg Jill Stein - - 8
William Kreml - - 1
Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry - - -
Darryl Cherney - - -
Kent Mesplay - - -
Total - 100.00% 9

Democratic National Convention[edit]

From July 25 to July 28, 2016, Philadelphia hosted the 2016 Democratic National Convention. It was held at the Wells Fargo Center with ancillary meetings at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was elected as the party's nominee for president by a 59.67% majority of delegates present at the convention roll call, defeating primary rival Senator Bernie Sanders, who received 39.16% of votes from delegates, and becoming the first female candidate to be formally nominated by a major national party as a presidential candidate in the United States. Her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, the junior United States Senator from Virginia for only 3 years at the time, and largely unheard of at the national level, was chosen by delegates as the party's nominee for vice president by acclamation.

It was later shown that key executives on the Democratic National Party leadership team inappropriately stymied Bernie Sanders' efforts, tipping the scales in favor of Clinton. That, combined with the statement from Tom Perez, the chair of the Democratic National committee, that Democrats who oppose abortion were not welcome in the party caused a significant division within the Democratic party following the primaries. The Democratic party platform was amended during the 2016 election, to unambiguously state that women have a “right to safe and legal abortion” and promises that the party will oppose and work to overturn “laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion.”

General election[edit]

Statewide results[edit]

United States presidential election in Pennsylvania, 2016
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Republican Donald Trump Mike Pence 2,970,733 48.18% 20
Democratic Hillary Clinton Tim Kaine 2,926,441 47.46% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson William Weld 146,715 2.38% 0
Green Jill Stein Ajamu Baraka 49,941 0.81% 0
Constitution Darrell Castle Scott Bradley 21,572 0.35% 0
Others / Write-In Votes 50,076 0.81% 0
Totals 6,165,478 100.00% 20
Voter turnout (Voting age population) 60.27%
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State

By congressional district[edit]

Trump won 12 of 18 congressional districts.[5]

District Trump Clinton Representative
1st 18% 80% Bob Brady
2nd 8% 90% Chaka Fattah
Dwight Evans
3rd 61% 35% Mike Kelly
4th 59% 37% Scott Perry
5th 62% 34% Glenn Thompson
6th 48% 48% Ryan Costello
7th 47% 49% Patrick Meehan
8th 48% 48% Mike Fitzpatrick
Brian Fitzpatrick
9th 70% 27% Bill Shuster
10th 66% 30% Tom Marino
11th 60% 36% Lou Barletta
12th 59% 38% Keith Rothfus
13th 32% 65% Brendan Boyle
14th 31% 66% Michael F. Doyle
15th 52% 44% Charlie Dent
16th 51% 44% Joe Pitts
Lloyd Smucker
17th 53% 43% Matt Cartwright
18th 58% 39% Tim Murphy

By county[edit]

County Clinton% Clinton# Trump% Trump# Others% Others# Total
Adams County 29.94% 14,219 66.17% 31,423 3.89% 1,847 47,489
Allegheny County 56.55% 367,617 39.91% 259,480 3.54% 23,017 650,114
Armstrong County 22.70% 7,178 74.27% 23,484 3.02% 956 31,618
Beaver County 38.93% 32,531 57.64% 48,167 3.44% 2,873 83,571
Bedford County 15.42% 3,645 82.72% 19,552 1.86% 440 23,637
Berks County 42.85% 78,437 52.78% 96,626 4.37% 8,002 183,065
Blair County 25.42% 13,958 71.27% 39,135 3.31% 1,816 54,909
Bradford County 24.77% 6,369 70.57% 18,141 4.66% 1,198 25,708
Bucks County 48.52% 167,060 47.74% 164,361 3.74% 12,876 344,297
Butler County 29.45% 28,584 66.37% 64,428 4.18% 4,059 97,071
Cambria County 29.91% 18,867 67.00% 42,258 3.09% 1,947 63,072
Cameron County 24.29% 531 72.69% 1,589 3.02% 66 2,186
Carbon County 31.05% 8,936 65.13% 18,743 3.81% 1,097 28,776
Centre County 48.71% 37,088 46.32% 35,274 4.97% 3,786 76,148
Chester County 52.71% 141,682 43.20% 116,114 4.09% 11,004 268,800
Clarion County 24.37% 4,273 71.72% 12,576 3.91% 686 17,535
Clearfield County 23.93% 8,200 72.75% 24,932 3.32% 1,139 34,271
Clinton County 30.82% 4,744 65.10% 10,022 4.08% 628 15,394
Columbia County 31.65% 8,934 63.78% 18,004 4.57% 1,290 28,228
Crawford County 29.26% 10,971 66.65% 24,987 4.09% 1,534 37,492
Cumberland County 38.72% 47,085 56.80% 69,076 4.49% 5,456 121,617
Dauphin County 49.44% 64,706 46.51% 60,863 4.05% 5,303 130,872
Delaware County 59.60% 177,402 37.18% 110,667 3.21% 9,565 297,634
Elk County 26.71% 3,853 69.49% 10,025 3.80% 548 14,426
Erie County 46.99% 58,112 48.57% 60,069 4.45% 5,498 123,679
Fayette County 33.38% 17,946 64.33% 34,590 2.29% 1,231 53,767
Forest County 26.07% 626 70.10% 1,683 3.83% 92 2,401
Franklin County 25.05% 17,465 71.37% 49,768 3.58% 2,498 69,731
Fulton County 13.47% 912 84.09% 5,694 2.44% 165 6,771
Greene County 28.43% 4,482 68.82% 10,849 2.75% 433 15,764
Huntingdon County 23.03% 4,539 73.55% 14,494 3.42% 673 19,706
Indiana County 30.52% 11,528 65.89% 24,888 3.58% 1,354 37,770
Jefferson County 18.74% 3,650 78.00% 15,192 3.27% 636 19,478
Juniata County 17.42% 1,821 79.14% 8,273 3.44% 360 10,454
Lackawanna County 50.25% 51,983 46.77% 48,384 2.99% 3,089 103,456
Lancaster County 37.78% 91,093 57.20% 137,914 5.02% 12,105 241,112
Lawrence County 34.38% 14,009 62.40% 25,428 3.23% 1,316 40,753
Lebanon County 30.65% 18,953 65.53% 40,525 3.83% 2,367 61,845
Lehigh County 50.51% 81,324 45.77% 73,690 3.71% 5,979 160,993
Luzerne County 38.86% 52,451 58.29% 78,688 2.85% 3,844 134,983
Lycoming County 25.75% 13,020 70.46% 35,627 3.79% 1,918 50,565
McKean County 24.70% 4,025 71.40% 11,635 3.90% 636 16,296
Mercer County 35.81% 18,733 60.30% 31,544 3.88% 2,032 52,309
Mifflin County 20.84% 3,877 75.77% 14,094 3.39% 630 18,601
Monroe County 48.63% 33,918 47.86% 33,386 3.51% 2,448 69,752
Montgomery County 58.91% 256,082 37.44% 162,731 3.65% 15,874 434,687
Montour County 33.39% 2,857 61.80% 5,288 4.80% 411 8,556
Northampton County 46.18% 66,272 49.98% 71,736 3.84% 5,511 143,519
Northumberland County 26.73% 9,788 69.43% 25,427 3.84% 1,407 36,622
Perry County 21.89% 4,632 73.81% 15,616 4.30% 910 21,158
Philadelphia County 82.53% 584,025 15.37% 108,748 2.10% 14,858 707,631
Pike County 35.46% 9,256 61.51% 16,056 3.02% 789 26,101
Potter County 16.73% 1,302 80.31% 6,251 2.97% 231 7,784
Schuylkill County 26.67% 16,770 69.99% 44,001 3.34% 2,098 62,869
Snyder County 24.46% 4,002 71.66% 11,725 3.89% 636 16,363
Somerset County 20.62% 7,376 76.54% 27,379 2.85% 1,018 35,773
Sullivan County 23.92% 750 73.05% 2,291 3.03% 95 3,136
Susquehanna County 27.16% 5,123 68.34% 12,891 4.50% 849 18,863
Tioga County 21.29% 3,901 74.29% 13,614 4.42% 810 18,325
Union County 35.38% 6,180 60.81% 10,622 3.81% 666 17,468
Venango County 27.02% 6,309 68.62% 16,021 4.36% 1,018 23,348
Warren County 27.91% 5,145 67.68% 12,477 4.40% 812 18,434
Washington County 35.80% 36,322 60.51% 61,386 3.69% 3,742 101,450
Wayne County 29.18% 7,008 67.63% 16,244 3.19% 766 24,018
Westmoreland County 32.78% 59,669 64.01% 116,522 3.22% 5,860 182,051
Wyoming County 28.99% 3,811 67.23% 8,837 3.77% 496 13,144
York County 33.27% 68,524 62.40% 128,528 4.34% 8,934 205,986

Counties that swung from Democratic to Republican[edit]

Counties that swung from Republican to Democratic[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-07. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  2. ^ "About Voting and Elections". Votespa.com. 2015-05-19. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  3. ^ "2016 PA Green Party Caucus Information and Schedule". Pennsylvania Green Party. 2016-04-09. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  4. ^ "#Greens, join us in caucusing and voting for our GP of PA Presidential Candidates in April". Pennsylvania Green Party. 2016-04-09. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  5. ^ "Introducing the 2017 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index". The Cook Political Report. 

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