United States presidential election in Washington (state), 2016

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United States presidential election in Washington, 2016

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Nominee Hillary Clinton Donald Trump Gary Johnson
Party Democratic Republican Libertarian
Home state New York New York New Mexico
Running mate Tim Kaine Mike Pence William Weld
Electoral vote 8 0 0
Popular vote 1,742,718 1,221,747 160,879
Percentage 54.30% 38.07% 5.01%

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County Results

United States presidential election in Washington, 2016, results by county.png
Results by county showing number of votes by size and candidates by color[1]

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 Washington was won by Hillary Clinton on November 8, 2016, with 54.3% of the vote over Donald Trump's 38.1%. All of Washington's 12 electoral votes were assigned to Clinton, though four defected. Nationally, Trump prevailed in the 2016 United States presidential election.

In the presidential primaries, Washington voters chose Democratic and Republican parties' nominees, and Green Party nominee was chosen in a convention.

Background[edit]

Washington has voted for the Democratic candidate in every presidential election since 1988. While the state's Senate was majority Republican in 2016, both of Washington's United States Senators are Democrats, as well as a majority of the state's U.S. House delegation. Barack Obama defeated John McCain by 17.08% in 2008 and Mitt Romney by 14.93% in 2012.

Primary elections[edit]

Democratic caucus[edit]

County results of the Washington Democratic presidential caucus, 2016.
  Bernie Sanders

The following candidates appeared on the Democratic presidential caucus slate on March 26, 2016:

The state also held a non-binding presidential primary on May 24 along with the Republican primary that same date. Hillary Clinton won the preference vote.

Washington Democratic caucuses, March 26, 2016
Candidate District delegates Estimated delegates
Count Percentage Pledged Unpledged Total
Bernie Sanders 19,159 72.72% 74 0 74
Hillary Clinton 7,140 27.10% 27 10 37
Others
Uncommitted 46 0.18% 0 7 7
Total 26,345 100% 101 17 118
Source: The Green Papers
Washington Democratic primary, May 24, 2016
Candidate Popular vote Estimated delegates
Count Percentage Pledged Unpledged Total
Hillary Clinton 420,461 52.38% 0 0 0
Bernie Sanders 382,293 47.62% 0 0 0
Others
Uncommitted
Total 802,754 100% 0 0 0
Source: Washington Secretary of State - Official Results

Republican primary[edit]

Four candidates appeared on the Republican presidential primary ballot on May 24, 2016:

Washington Republican primary, May 24, 2016
Candidate Votes Percentage Actual delegate count
Bound Unbound Total
America Symbol.svg Donald Trump 455,023 75.46% 41 0 41
Ted Cruz (withdrawn) 65,172 10.81% 0 0 0
John Kasich (withdrawn) 58,954 9.78% 0 0 0
Ben Carson (withdrawn) 23,849 3.96% 0 0 0
Uncommitted 3 0 3
Unprojected delegates: 0 0 0
Total: 602,998 100.00% 44 0 44
Source: The Green Papers

Green convention[edit]

This state's Green Party state convention was on May 15. Ballots were emailed to members within a week after the convention.[2]

Washing Green Party Convention, May 15, 2016.
Candidate Votes Percentage National delegates
Jill Stein - 91.7 5
William Kreml - - -
Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry - - -
Kent Mesplay - - -
Darryl Cherney - - -
Total - - 5

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

State voting history[edit]

Washington joined the Union in November 1889 and has participated in all elections from 1892 onwards.

Since 1900, Washington voted Democratic 51.72 percent of the time and Republican 44.83 percent of the time. Since 1988, Washington had voted for the Democratic Party in each presidential election, and the same was expected to happen in 2016.[3]

Results[edit]

United States presidential election in Washington, 2016[4]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Hillary Clinton Tim Kaine 1,742,718 54.30% 8
Republican Donald Trump Mike Pence 1,221,747 38.07% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson William Weld 160,879 5.01% 0
Write-ins 102,416 3.23% 0
Green Jill Stein Ajamu Baraka 58,417 1.82% 0
Constitution Darrell Castle Scott Bradley 17,623 0.55% 0
Socialist Workers Alyson Kennedy Osborne Hart 4,307 0.13% 0
Socialism and Liberation Gloria La Riva Eugene Puryear 3,523 0.11% 0
Republican Colin Powell 0 0.00% 3
Independent Faith Spotted Eagle Winona LaDuke 0 0.00% 1
Totals 3,311,630 100.00% 12

Analysis[edit]

Hillary Clinton won the election in Washington with 54.3 percent of the vote, a slightly reduced percentage from President Obama in 2012. Washington was among the eleven states in which Hillary Clinton outperformed Barack Obama’s winning margin in 2012.[original research?][5] Donald Trump received 38.1 percent of the vote. This was the first presidential election in which the Republican Party won Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties since 1928 and 1952 respectively.[6][7] It was also the first time the GOP had won Cowlitz County since Ronald Reagan in 1980, and the first Republican win in Mason County since Reagan in 1984.[8]

Despite Clinton's victory, four Democratic electors defected. Three voted for Colin Powell, making him the first African-American Republican to receive electoral votes, while a Native American activist cast his vote for Faith Spotted Eagle, making her the first Native American to receive an electoral vote for president.

Powell became the first Republican to receive electoral votes from Washington state since Ronald Reagan in 1984[9]. However, overall it was the eighth consecutive election in which Washington voted Democratic, and the twelfth in a row in which it voted the same way as neighboring Oregon.

By county[edit]

Official results by county from the Washington Secretary of State.[1]

County Candidate
Clinton Trump Johnson Stein Total
Adams Percent 28.32% 67.21% 3.99% 0.48% 100.00%
Votes 1,299 3,083 183 22 4,587
Asotin Percent 32.59% 59.70% 6.49% 1.22% 100.00%
Votes 3,134 5,741 624 117 9,616
Benton Percent 33.26% 59.55% 6.08% 1.10% 100.00%
Votes 26,360 47,194 4,819 874 79,247
Chelan Percent 39.34% 54.68% 4.54% 1.45% 100.00%
Votes 13,032 18,114 1,504 480 33,130
Clallam Percent 45.19% 48.04% 4.70% 2.07% 100.00%
Votes 17,677 18,794 1,838 810 39,119
Clark Percent 46.70% 46.54% 5.07% 1.68% 100.00%
Votes 92,757 92,441 10,076 3,344 198,618
Columbia Percent 24.37% 69.37% 5.05% 1.20% 100.00%
Votes 526 1,497 109 26 2,158
Cowlitz Percent 39.60% 53.48% 5.18% 1.74% 100.00%
Votes 17,908 24,185 2,343 787 45,223
Douglas Percent 31.89% 62.28% 4.63% 1.20% 100.00%
Votes 4,918 9,603 714 185 15,420
Ferry Percent 30.94% 62.05% 5.38% 1.63% 100.00%
Votes 1,098 2,202 191 58 3,549
Franklin Percent 37.87% 56.28% 4.89% 0.96% 100.00%
Votes 8,886 13,206 1,148 225 23,465
Garfield Percent 22.65% 69.07% 7.14% 1.14% 100.00%
Votes 279 851 88 14 1,232
Grant Percent 27.89% 66.12% 4.95% 1.04% 100.00%
Votes 7,810 18,518 1,387 291 28,006
Grays Harbor Percent 42.78% 50.06% 5.14% 2.02% 100.00%
Votes 12,020 14,067 1,443 568 28,098
Island Percent 49.26% 43.39% 5.45% 1.90% 100.00%
Votes 20,960 18,465 2,319 807 42,551
Jefferson Percent 62.82% 29.97% 3.70 3.50 100.00%
Votes 12,656 6,037 746 706 20,145
King Percent 72.32% 21.78% 4.11% 1.78% 100.00%
Votes 718,322 216,339 40,861 17,704 993,226
Kitsap Percent 51.28% 39.80% 6.98% 1.95% 100.00%
Votes 63,156 49,018 8,596 2,397 123,167
Kittitas Percent 39.81% 53.69% 4.83% 1.67% 100.00%
Votes 7,489 10,100 908 315 18,812
Klickitat Percent 39.33% 54.29% 4.34% 2.04% 100.00%
Votes 4,194 5,789 463 217 10,663
Lewis Percent 28.54% 65.02% 4.92% 1.52% 100.00%
Votes 9,654 21,992 1,664 514 33,824
Lincoln Percent 22.00% 72.66% 4.46% 0.88% 100.00%
Votes 1,244 4,108 252 50 5,654
Mason Percent 43.16% 49.22% 5.61% 2.00% 100.00%
Votes 11,993 13,677 1,560 556 27,786
Okanogan Percent 37.24% 56.82% 4.22% 1.72% 100.00%
Votes 6,298 9,610 713 291 16,912
Pacific Percent 43.52% 50.49% 4.11% 1.88% 100.00%
Votes 4,620 5,360 436 200 10,616
Pend Oreille Percent 28.74% 64.99% 4.80% 1.47% 100.00%
Votes 1,934 4,373 323 99 6,729
Pierce Percent 49.95 42.51 5.76 1.78 100.00%
Votes 172,538 146,824 19,909 6,144 345,415
San Juan Percent 66.85 25.05 3.75 4.35 100.00%
Votes 7,172 2,688 402 467 10,729
Skagit Percent 48.07 44.55 5.57 1.81 100.00%
Votes 26,690 24,736 3,090 1,006 55,522
Skamania Percent 39.97 52.44 5.10 2.49 100.00%
Votes 2,232 2,928 285 139 5,584
Snohomish Percent 54.60 37.81 5.70 1.89 100.00%
Votes 185,227 128,255 19,347 6,396 339,225
Spokane Percent 41.75 50.50 5.89 1.86 100.00%
Votes 93,767 113,435 13,227 4,185 224,614
Stevens Percent 25.78 67.78 5.07 1.37 100.00%
Votes 5,767 15,161 1,134 307 22,369
Thurston Percent 53.62 37.90 5.69 2.79 100.00%
Votes 68,798 48,624 7,306 3,584 128,312
Wahkiakum Percent 35.60 57.51 4.75 2.14 100.00%
Votes 832 1,344 111 50 2,337
Walla Walla Percent 38.52 54.24 5.70 1.53 100.00%
Votes 9,694 13,651 1,435 386 25,166
Whatcom Percent 55.47 37.32 4.45 2.76 100.00%
Votes 60,340 40,599 4,837 3,005 108,781
Whitman Percent 47.66 43.31 7.18 1.85 100.00%
Votes 8,146 7,403 1,227 317 17,093
Yakima Percent 40.61 54.16 4.23 1.00 100.00%
Votes 31,291 41,735 3,261 774 77,061
Total Percent 54.74 38.37 5.05 1.83 100.00%
Votes 1,742,718 1,221,747 160,879 58,417 3,183,761

By congressional district[edit]

Clinton won 7 of 10 congressional districts.[10]

District Trump Clinton Representative
1st 38% 54% Suzan DelBene
2nd 35% 57% Rick Larsen
3rd 49% 43% Jamie Herrera Beutler
4th 58% 35% Dan Newhouse
5th 52% 39% Cathy McMorris Rodgers
6th 40% 52% Derek Kilmer
7th 12% 82% Jim McDermott
Pramila Jayapal
8th 45% 48% Dave Reichert
9th 23% 71% Adam Smith
10th 40% 51% Dennis Heck

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