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The 2016 United States presidential election in Virginia was held on November 8, 2016, as part of the 2016 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Virginia voters chose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting the Republican Party's nominee, businessman Donald Trump, and running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence against Democratic Party nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.
On March 1, 2016, in the presidential primaries, Virginia voters expressed their preferences for the Democratic, Republican, and Green parties' respective nominees for President. Virginia voters do not register by party.
The Democratic Party candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of New York, carried Virginia with 49.7% of the popular vote against businessman Donald Trump of New York, who carried 44.4%, a victory margin of 5.3%. Clinton seemed to benefit from having Tim Kaine on the ticket, as well as the state having two Democratic senators. Whereas the national popular vote swung 1.9% Republican from the previous election, Virginia swung 1.37% Democratic.
Trump became the first Republican candidate since Calvin Coolidge in 1924 to win the White House without carrying Virginia. The Old Dominion had been a traditionally Democratic-leaning state from the party's founding until 1952. Although Virginia was later considered a reliable Republican-leaning state from 1952 to 2008, it has not voted Republican in 12 years. This is due largely to migration into counties in Northern Virginia close to Washington, D.C., which has tilted those densely populated areas towards the Democratic Party once more.
Virginia was the only state of the eleven former states that belonged to the Confederate States of America to vote Democratic in this election. This is a reversal from 1976, when it was the only state that had belonged to the CSA to vote Republican.
The following are final 2016 predictions from various organizations for Virginia as of Election Day.
|United States presidential election in Virginia, 2016|
|Party||Candidate||Running mate||Votes||Percentage||Electoral votes|
|Democratic||Hillary Clinton||Tim Kaine||1,981,473||49.73%||13|
|Republican||Donald Trump||Mike Pence||1,769,443||44.41%||0|
|Libertarian||Gary Johnson||William Weld||118,274||2.97%||0|
|Independent||Evan McMullin||Mindy Finn||54,054||1.36%||0|
|Green||Jill Stein||Ajamu Baraka||27,638||0.69%||0|
|Voter turnout (Voting age population)||71.30%|
|Source: Virginia Department of Elections|
The 108 delegates (95 pledged delegates and 13 super delegates) from Virginia to the Democratic National Convention were allocated in this way. Among the pledged delegates, 62 of them were allocated based on the popular vote in each congressional district. The 33 at-large delegates were then allocated based on the statewide popular vote.
|Virginia Democratic primary, March 1, 2016|
|Candidate||Popular vote||Estimated delegates|
|Martin O'Malley (withdrawn)||3,930||0.50%|
|Source: The Green Papers, Virginia Department of Elections|
Virginia results by county
|Virginia Republican primary, March 1, 2016|
|Candidate||Votes||Percentage||Actual delegate count|
|Jeb Bush (withdrawn)||3,645||0.36%||0||0||0|
|Rand Paul (withdrawn)||2,917||0.28%||0||0||0|
|Mike Huckabee (withdrawn)||1,458||0.14%||0||0||0|
|Chris Christie (withdrawn)||1,102||0.11%||0||0||0|
|Carly Fiorina (withdrawn)||914||0.09%||0||0||0|
|Jim Gilmore (withdrawn)||653||0.06%||0||0||0|
|Lindsey Graham (withdrawn)||444||0.04%||0||0||0|
|Rick Santorum (withdrawn)||399||0.04%||0||0||0|
|Source: The Green Papers|
The 2016 Libertarian Party Presidential ticket is former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson for President and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld for Vice President. They earned those nominations at the Libertarian Party 2016 National Convention on Memorial Day weekend.
The Virginia Green Party held its primary from March 20 through April 3. Party members were able to vote online through an email ballot or through the mail. On April 13, it was announced that Jill Stein had won with 76% of the vote. The state's four delegates were apportioned at the May 28 state meeting.
|Virginia Primary, April 3, 2016|
Virginia joined the Union in June 1788 and has participated in all elections from 1789 onwards, except 1864 and 1868 (due to its secession from the US due to the American Civil War). Since 1900, Virginia voted Democratic 54.17 percent of the time and Republican 45.83 percent of the time. From 1968 to 2004, Virginia voted for the Republican Party candidate. However, in the 2008 and 2012 elections, the state voted for the Democratic Party. The same trend continued in the 2016 presidential elections.
Clinton had several advantages in Virginia. The first was due in part to her landslide win in the Democratic primary against Senator Bernie Sanders. The second was Virginia has a significant number of African American voters, many of whom backed Clinton in the primary and both of President Barack Obama's wins in the state. The third was Clinton's pick of the state's own US Senator, Tim Kaine, as her Vice Presidential running mate.[original research?]
While polls throughout the campaign showed Clinton leading Republican Donald Trump by varying margins in Virginia, it was announced on October 13 that the Trump campaign was pulling its resources out of the state, likely ceding to Clinton what was perceived to be a critical battleground state. According to the Trump campaign, the reason for pulling out of Virginia was to compete in more critical battleground states like Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio.