2016 United States presidential election in Washington (state)

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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]

County Clinton% Clinton# Trump% Trump# Others% Others# Total
Adams County 28.32% 1,299 67.21% 3,083 4.47% 205 4,587
Asotin County 32.59% 3,134 59.70% 5,741 7.71% 741 9,616
Benton County 33.26% 26,360 59.55% 47,194 7.18% 5,693 79,247
Chelan County 39.34% 13,032 54.68% 18,114 5.99% 1,984 33,130
Clallam County 45.19% 17,677 48.04% 18,794 6.77% 2,648 39,119
Clark County 46.70% 92,757 46.54% 92,441 6.76% 13,420 198,618
Columbia County 24.37% 526 69.37% 1,497 6.26% 135 2,158
Cowlitz County 39.60% 17,908 53.48% 24,185 6.92% 3,130 45,223
Douglas County 31.89% 4,918 62.28% 9,603 5.83% 899 15,420
Ferry County 30.94% 1,098 62.05% 2,202 7.02% 249 3,549
Franklin County 37.87% 8,886 56.28% 13,206 5.85% 1,373 23,465
Garfield County 22.65% 279 69.07% 851 8.28% 102 1,232
Grant County 27.89% 7,810 66.12% 18,518 5.99% 1,678 28,006
Grays Harbor County 42.78% 12,020 50.06% 14,067 7.16% 2,011 28,098
Island County 49.26% 20,960 43.39% 18,465 7.35% 3,126 42,551
Jefferson County 62.82% 12,656 29.97% 6,037 7.21% 1,452 20,145
King County 72.32% 718,322 21.78% 216,339 5.90% 58,565 993,226
Kitsap County 51.28% 63,156 39.80% 49,018 8.93% 10,993 123,167
Kittitas County 39.81% 7,489 53.69% 10,100 6.50% 1,223 18,812
Klickitat County 39.33% 4,194 54.29% 5,789 6.38% 680 10,663
Lewis County 28.54% 9,654 65.02% 21,992 6.44% 2,178 33,824
Lincoln County 22.00% 1,244 72.66% 4,108 5.34% 302 5,654
Mason County 43.16% 11,993 49.22% 13,677 7.62% 2,116 27,786
Okanogan County 37.24% 6,298 56.82% 9,610 5.94% 1,004 16,912
Pacific County 43.52% 4,620 50.49% 5,360 5.99% 636 10,616
Pend Oreille County 28.74% 1,934 64.99% 4,373 6.27% 422 6,729
Pierce County 49.95% 172,538 42.51% 146,824 7.54% 26,053 345,415
San Juan County 66.85% 7,172 25.05% 2,688 8.10% 869 10,729
Skagit County 48.07% 26,690 44.55% 24,736 7.38% 4,096 55,522
Skamania County 39.97% 2,232 52.44% 2,928 7.59% 424 5,584
Snohomish County 54.60% 185,227 37.81% 128,255 7.59% 25,743 339,225
Spokane County 41.75% 93,767 50.50% 113,435 7.75% 17,412 224,614
Stevens County 25.78% 5,767 67.78% 15,161 6.44% 1,441 22,369
Thurston County 53.62% 68,798 37.90% 48,624 8.49% 10,890 128,312
Wahkiakum County 35.60% 832 57.51% 1,344 6.89% 161 2,337
Walla Walla County 38.52% 9,694 54.24% 13,651 7.24% 1,821 25,166
Whatcom County 55.47% 60,340 37.32% 40,599 7.21% 7,842 108,781
Whitman County 47.66% 8,146 43.31% 7,403 9.03% 1,544 17,093
Yakima County 40.61% 31,291 54.16% 41,735 5.24% 4,035 77,061

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All State Contests (Microsoft Excel), Washington Secretary of State
  2. ^ https://www.facebook.com/events/965157636872423/
  3. ^ Washington Presidential Election 2016 Results LIVE Updates
  4. ^ "November 8, 2016 General Election Results (Washington)". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  5. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/national.php?year=2016&off=0&elect=0&f=0
  6. ^ http://results.vote.wa.gov/results/20161108/pacific/
  7. ^ Wheel, Robert. "The 2016 Streak Breakers". Center for Politics. Larry J. Sabato’s Crystal Ball. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  8. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  9. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016
  10. ^ https://wei.sos.wa.gov/agency/osos/en/press_and_research/PreviousElections/2016/General-Election/Data/Documents/Congressional%20and%20Legislative%20District%20Breakdowns/FINAL%202016Gen%20-%20Cong%20by%20District%20County%20Part.pdf

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