NEW YORK – In an election in which there apparently were no foregone conclusions, New York proved to be one of few places where conventional wisdom held true in the presidential race: Democrat Hillary Clinton cruised to a win by popular vote with statewide Democratic enrollment on her side; Republican Donald Trump won the geographic battle of the state by picking up 46 county-level victories, primarily upstate.
Clinton received more than 4,143,000 votes in New York (nearly 59 percent), compared to trump receiving 2,637,000 (bout 37.5 percent). Clinton’s victory in New York gave her 29 of the 228 total electoral votes she received in on Election Day.
Despite winning the popular vote in the U.S. by a margin of 200,000 – Clinton was unable to capture the 270 electoral votes required to become president, as stipulated by the U.S. Constitution. Instead, it was Donald Trump who won the popular vote in enough states to receive a total of 279 electoral votes. The Electoral College will cast its votes on Dec. 19.
Clinton’s small geographic pockets of victory include the counties with the largest population centers in the state (Erie County, New York City’s five counties and Albany County, to name a few), boosting her 1.5 million-vote victory over Trump in New York State.
In Chautauqua county, Trump dominated Clinton. Of the roughly 50,000 votes that were cast, Trump picked up 59 percent (29,418) of them. Meanwhile, Clinton was able to only muster a total of 17,281, or about 35 percent. The total number of registered voters in the county for the 2016 election was 76,846, with 25,863 registered Democrats and 25,247 registered Republicans.