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Lower Milwaukee Co. turnout, support in western WI helps propel Trump to victory

Lower turnout in Milwaukee County was a big reason behind Donald Trump's surprise victory in Wisconsin, as was his support in western Wisconsin counties that had voted Dem in the past.

Trump beat Clinton in the state by roughly 27,000 votes.

Trump had 1,409,467 Wisconsin voters, just surpassing the 1,407,966 voters that Romney had in 2012, according to the latest AP update.

Clinton, meanwhile, had more than 235,000 votes fewer than Obama did in 2012, with 1,382,210 voters backing her compared to 1,620,985 who voted for Obama in 2012.

WisPolitics.com pulled the statewide numbers late this Wednesday, though the county-by-county numbers are from earlier in the day, so not all of those are updated.

As of earlier Wednesday, Hillary Clinton had 288,986 votes in Milwaukee County, while President Barack Obama had 332,438 votes in 2012 and 319,819 votes in 2008.

Dane County voters, though, gave Clinton higher margins than they did Obama. Clinton had 217,506 votes in the county, compared to 216,071 votes for Obama in 2012. Clinton won the county with 71.4 percent of the vote, while Trump had 23.4 percent.

But Trump picked up several western Wisconsin counties that backed Obama last cycle. In 2012, for example, Obama won with more than 56 percent of the vote in Grant, Trempealeau and Jackson counties. Trump won those counties with 51.3 percent, 54.3 percent and 53.3 percent, respectively.

He also had larger margins than Romney in the Fox Valley. Trump won Outagamie County with 54.2 percent of the vote, while Romney took 50.1 percent. In Fond du Lac County, Trump's percentage was 60.8 percent, while Romney's was 56.8 percent.

Statewide, voter turnout was lower than expected, with the AP returns showing 2,944,126 votes in the presidential race, the Elections Commission said today. Though final numbers aren't out yet and are expected to be higher, the commission says they'll be "nowhere near" the 3.1 million voters it had predicted or the 2012 level of 3,080,628 voters.

In fact, the unofficial 66.23 percent turnout would be the lowest since 1996, when 58 percent of the state's voting age population turned out.

See the county-by-county differences

See the Elections Commission release

-- By Polo Rocha


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