SANDY HOOK, Ky. (AP) — Meet Elliott County, Kentucky, whose residents voted for Democrats for president since before the turn of the century — the 20th Century.
But on Tuesday, 70 percent of the county’s voters flipped for Donald Trump and upended history for his message of creating jobs. One factor that turned them away from the Democratic candidate for the first time: Hillary Clinton’s vow to put a lot of coal miners out of business.
In interviews with The Associated Press, Elliott County residents provided clues to the results that handed Trump the presidency: They felt left behind the nation’s recovery and disappointed in President Barack Obama.
Said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “If Trump was able to win in Elliott County, that really underscores how (Trump’s) message resonated across the country.”
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