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President

9 electoral votes
n 95% IN
Image: Donald Trump
Donald Trump
55%
1,143,611
Image: Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
41%
849,469
Gary Johnson 2% Jill Stein 1%
Projected Winner
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Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump
Third-party
Not decided
Tie

Senate

n 94% IN
Image: Tim Scott
INCUMBENT
Tim Scott
61%
1,228,844
Image: Thomas Dixon
Thomas Dixon
37%
752,001
Projected Winner

House Results

District 1 / 100% IN

Mark Sanford INCUMBENT
59%
Dimitri Cherny
37%
Winner

District 2 / 100% IN

Joe Wilson INCUMBENT
60%
Arik Bjorn
36%
Winner

District 3 / 99.7% IN

Jeff Duncan INCUMBENT
73%
Hosea Cleveland
27%
Winner

District 4 / 100% IN

Trey Gowdy INCUMBENT
67%
Chris Fedalei
31%
Winner

District 5 / 100% IN

Mick Mulvaney INCUMBENT
59%
Fran Person
39%
Winner

District 6 / 100% IN

Jim Clyburn INCUMBENT
70%
Laura Sterling
28%
Winner

District 7 / 100% IN

Tom Rice INCUMBENT
61%
Mal Hyman
39%
Winner

Exit polls:

Highlights


A profile of key demographics in the 2016 vote.

Exit polls:

Full


VOTER CHARACTERISTICS/ATTITUDES Leader
Clinton
Trump
Johnson
Stein
Gender Male 46 % of voters Trump +24 355941
Female 54% Trump +6 455121
Age 18-29 18 % of voters Tie 434384
30-44 30% Trump +7 445121
45-64 38% Trump +25 376210
65 or over 13% Trump +19 39583-
Age 18-44 48 % of voters Trump +4 444842
45+ 52% Trump +24 376120
Race White 74 % of voters Trump +46 247041
Black 19% Clinton +90 94411
Hispanic/Latino 4% Not enough data ----
Asian 1% Not enough data ----
Other 2% Not enough data ----
Gender by race White men 34 % of voters Trump +58 187651
White women 40% Trump +34 306431
Black men 8% Not enough data ----
Black women 11% Not enough data ----
Latino men 3% Not enough data ----
Latino women 2% Not enough data ----
All other races 3% Not enough data ----
Which best describes your education? High school or less 17 % of voters Trump +20 385832
Some college/assoc. degree 36% Trump +22 365831
College graduate 32% Trump +9 435231
Postgraduate study 16% Trump +11 43542-
College education College graduate 48 % of voters Trump +9 435230
No college degree 52% Trump +22 365831
Education by race White college graduates 37 % of voters Trump +33 316431
White no college degree 39% Trump +57 187541
Non White college graduates 11% Not enough data ----
Non White no college degree 14% Clinton +73 861301
2015 total family income: Under $30,000 15 % of voters Not enough data ----
$30,000 - $49,999 20% Trump +4 454931
$50,000 - $99,999 36% Trump +13 425520
$100,000 - $199,999 19% Trump +43 26693-
$200,000 - $249,999 6% Not enough data ----
$250,000 or more 4% Not enough data ----
No matter how you voted today, do you usually think of yourself as a: Democrat 27 % of voters Clinton +89 93421
Republican 46% Trump +87 59220
Independent or something else 26% Trump +4 434762
Party by gender Democratic men 11 % of voters Not enough data ----
Democratic women 17% Clinton +90 94411
Republican men 21% Trump +88 5931-
Republican women 25% Trump +86 59120
Independent men 13% Trump +26 315793
Independent women 13% Clinton +18 563841
On most political matters, do you consider yourself: Liberal 18 % of voters Clinton +70 831312
Moderate 38% Clinton +4 494541
Conservative 44% Trump +71 12833-
White evangelical or white born-again Christians White evangelical or white born-again Christian 44 % of voters Trump +75 118620
All others 56% Clinton +30 623232
Are you currently married? Yes 63 % of voters Trump +31 336421
No 37% Clinton +7 504342
Gender by marital status Married men 31 % of voters Trump +38 306811
Married women 32% Trump +24 366021
Non-married men 15% Trump +2 444673
Non-married women 22% Clinton +12 544231
When did you finally decide for whom to vote in the presidential election? In the last few days 11 % of voters Not enough data ----
In the last week 5% Not enough data ----
In October 9% Not enough data ----
In September 9% Not enough data ----
Before that 65% Trump +14 425610
When did you finally decide for whom to vote in the presidential election? In the last week 16 % of voters Clinton +2 444274
Before that 84% Trump +17 405721
When did you finally decide for whom to vote in the presidential election? In the last month 26 % of voters Trump +11 395053
Before that 74% Trump +14 425620
Which best describes your vote for president today? I strongly favor my candidate 48 % of voters Trump +12 435511
I like my candidate but with reservations 32% Trump +13 415421
I dislike the other candidates 17% Trump +18 375570
Which ONE of these four issues is the most important facing the country? Foreign policy 9 % of voters Not enough data ----
Immigration 13% Not enough data ----
The economy 54% Trump +3 464941
Terrorism 20% Trump +45 2671-0
Which ONE of these four candidate qualities mattered most in deciding how you voted for president? Cares about people like me 17 % of voters Clinton +3 504711
Can bring needed change 49% Trump +70 148420
Has the right experience 18% Clinton +78 88101-
Has good judgment 13% Not enough data ----
Do you think the country's criminal justice system: Treats all people fairly 53 % of voters Trump +64 16803-
Treats blacks unfairly 40% Clinton +49 722332
Is your opinion of Hillary Clinton: Favorable 35 % of voters Clinton +98 991--
Unfavorable 65% Trump +79 78641
Is your opinion of Donald Trump: Favorable 46 % of voters Trump +97 19810
Unfavorable 53% Clinton +52 722051
Do you have a favorable opinion of ... Both 1 % of voters Not enough data ----
Only Clinton 34% Clinton +100 1000--
Only Trump 45% Trump +98 -9910
Neither 19% Trump +30 2555123
Do you think Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy? Yes 29 % of voters Clinton +94 973--
No 70% Trump +64 157941
Do you think Donald Trump is honest and trustworthy? Yes 44 % of voters Trump +95 29710
No 53% Clinton +45 692441
Do you think the presidential candidates are honest and trustworthy? Both 1 % of voters Not enough data ----
Only Clinton 28% Clinton +96 982--
Only Trump 43% Trump +98 -9910
Neither 26% Trump +7 394682
Do you expect life for the next generation of Americans to be: Better than life today 41 % of voters Trump +4 475101
Worse than life today 27% Trump +48 237122
About the same 28% Clinton +8 494161
In today's election for U.S. Senate, did you just vote for: Thomas Dixon 37 % of voters Clinton +83 90721
Tim Scott 61% Trump +74 118520
Population City over 50,000 35 % of voters Clinton +3 494631
Suburbs 55% Trump +29 336231
Small city and Rural 10% Clinton +14 544051
Geo Stratum Code Upcountry 25 % of voters Trump +33 316421
Piedmont 14% Trump +23 365922
Central 26% Clinton +2 494731
Pee Dee/Waccamaw 15% Trump +16 405641
Low Country 20% Trump +5 455031

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