Here's how North Carolina voted

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Here's how North Carolina voted
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Here's how North Carolina voted in the 2016 election

Scores of American citizens woke up Wednesday to discover the country had elected Donald J. Trump to be the nation's 45th president.

The battleground state of North Carolina played a crucial role in the election with our 15 electoral votes.

Here's how North Carolina voted:

  • 50.5 percent voted for Donald Trump (R) - (2,339,603)
  • 46.7 percent voted for Hillary Clinton (D) - (2,162,074)
  • 2.8 percent voted for Gary Johnson (I) - (127,794)


President Barack Obama won the state in 2008, and Mitt Romeny won in 2012. Trump turned the state red once again, and his supporters in NC are hoping he can bring about the change he promised during his campaign.


"It's not the end of days, and I don't think it's an apocalyptic moment that some of them are pushing towards, but you know maybe there are some things he can bring to the table that we can use," said Trump supporter Richard Camos. "And God knows, we need it now."

Some Clinton supporters in the Tar Heel state worry Trump's presidency will have negative implications for women's rights.

"Today I was going in to vote when my grandmother barely had the chance to, and I was going into vote for a woman president," said Clinton supporter Cameron Tessener. "And now I may not have the right to make personal choices for my own body, I might be having my government do that."

WATCH: ABC11 breaks down how some counties voted

Here is a breakdown of how North Carolina voted from an ABC News analysis:

Gender gap: Fifty-four percent of voters in North Carolina preliminary results are women, and they voted for Clinton over Trump by 13 points. Trump, however, came back with a strong showing among men. The gender gap could be a record.

Race: Thirty percent of voters were nonwhite, with 21 percent black - both close to their levels in 2012, 30 and 23 percent, respectively. Nonwhites went for Clinton 80 to 15, slightly off Obama's 88 to 12 percent in this group 2012. Again, Trump pushed back with a big advantage among white voters.

Education: One of Trump's strongest groups, non-college whites, accounted for 37 percent of voters in 2012, more than the share of minorities. Tonight in North Carolina, early results suggest they may fall short of their 2012 numbers; the current estimate is 32 percent, versus 38 percent college-educated whites. In 2012 and 2008, non-college whites outnumbered college-educated whites; that may flip this time. That said, Trump beat Clinton among non-college whites more than 2 to 1, 67 to 27 percent.

HB2: Sixty-six percent of North Carolina voters say they oppose the so-called bathroom law, and they favored Clinton over Trump by about 2 to 1. Those who support the law were a strong Trump group.

Nearly half of voters, 49 percent, were not born in North Carolina, a very high proportion of the vote. Fifty-one percent were native North Carolinians. The former broke for Clinton, the latter for Trump.