COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton were battling for South Carolina’s nine electoral votes on Tuesday. Here’s a look at some preliminary results of exit polling conducted for The Associated Press and television networks in the state:
HOW SOUTH CAROLINA VOTED
More than 6 in 10 white voters cast ballots for Trump, while 9 in 10 blacks chose Clinton. Trump and Clinton were nearly evenly split among voters with college degrees while Trump carried slightly more than half of those voters who said they had no college degrees.
A vast majority of those who consider themselves to be white, evangelical voters – nearly 8 in 10 – backed Trump, while about one-fifth supported Clinton.
Trump took nearly half of the votes of those ages 18-44 and more than half of those 45 and older.
THE RIGHT STUFF FOR PRESIDENT?
Two-thirds of South Carolina voters said they didn’t view Clinton as honest and trustworthy, with more than half saying the same of Trump.
In choosing a president, more than 4 in 10 voters said they cared most about the ability to bring about needed change. Otherwise, voters were largely split among caring about good judgment, the “right experience” and a candidate who “cares about people like me.”
More than 5 in 10 South Carolina voters chose to send Republican Tim Scott back to Washington for his first full term in the U.S. Senate. In winning re-election, Scott carried nearly 7 in 10 of voters in the state’s traditionally conservative Upstate, which carried the race for him. Voters in other parts of the state were largely split between Scott and Democratic challenger Thomas Dixon.
The preliminary exit poll of 876 South Carolina voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research in a random sample of 15 precincts statewide. Results were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.
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