Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump won North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes by a small margin.
Pundits predicted an extremely close race in North Carolina. Voting was extended by the North Carolina Board of Elections in eight precincts in Durham County. Clinton’s campaign strongly supported the move.
North Carolina’s electoral votes greatly ease Trump’s path to the Presidency.
Nate Silver’s statistical website FiveThirtyEight estimated Clinton’s chances of winning North Carolina at 55.9 percent. Trump led the RealClearPolitics average of polls in the state by 1.4 percent the day before the election.
North Carolina has historically been a Republican state, voting for the Democrats only once since 1980. President Obama barely won the state by 0.3 percent of the vote in 2008 and Mitt Romney took it back in 2012 by 2 percent margin.
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