Though Hillary Clinton won the state of Connecticut, in most towns she did not get the share of votes President Obama did four years earlier.
Nine or 10 towns flipped from supporting Mitt Romney in 2012 to voting for Clinton this year— most notably in the Southwest part of the state that has tended to lean Republican in previous elections. Donald Trump, on the other hand, won over about 40 towns in the middle of the state.
These findings are the result of a preliminary analysis of about 97 percent of all precincts that have reported their results to the Office of the Secretary of the State. We’ll continue to examine Connecticut’s performance during the 2016 Presidential election as final data arrives. For now, check out the Connecticut Mirror’s election autopsy report.
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Obama outperformed Clinton in about 80 percent of Connecticut’s municipalities.
On a percentage basis, Clinton did better than Obama in about 26 towns, gaining the majority in towns like Wilton, Greenwich, and Ridgefield.
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In those towns, Clinton out-performed Democrats down-ballot. She had a larger share than other Democrats in those respective contests.
Trump in Connecticut
Unlike Clinton, Trump outperformed the previous Republican competitor, Mitt Romney, in most towns 2 to 1. Trump gained a larger percent of votes than Romney in nearly 100 towns in Connecticut.
Trump lost ground in some towns, such as Darien, Westport, and West Hartford. But he gained considerably in municipalities such as East Haven, Plainfield, North Branford, and Sterling.
Counter to concerns that he would negatively affect the down-ballot results, Trump actually did better than other Republican candidates in many towns like Sprague and Franklin.
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Jake Kara contributed to this report