Clinton won more votes in our area, but Trump claimed more counties

Hillary Clinton lost Tuesday night's election to Donald Trump. But in California, she performed better than President Barack Obama did in 2012.

The Golden State wasn't enough to claim the White House for Clinton. Trump's victory is attributed to his strength in blue-collar cities and smaller communities, according to The Wall Street Journal

The same can be said for how he performed right here, in ABC10's viewing market, where Trump won more counties than Clinton -- most of which are in rural areas. 

Trump won 11 out of the 16 counties that view ABC10: Stanislaus, Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sutter, Tuolumne and Yuba. Clinton won Sacramento, San Joaquin, Nevada, Solano and Yolo. 

Despite losing more counties in our area, Clinton nabbed more votes than Trump. Sort of sounds reminiscent of her winning the popular vote, but losing in the electoral vote -- doesn't it?

Trump lost in this area to Clinton by about 3.4 percentage points -- the president-elect scored 472,783 votes out of 978,154 and Clinton got 505,374. 

It's a leap to say our area is a microcosm for the country, but we can say this state isn't as solidly Democratic as a cursory glance at the vote might have you assume.

Copyright 2016 KXTV


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