JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – President Elect Donald Trump won every county in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee and won all but three precincts in the region.
Locally, roughly eight out of 10 voters supported Trump over Hillary Clinton. Trump picked up 19,161 more votes than Mitt Romney did in 2012, according to unofficial election results.
Regionally, more than 228,000 voters voted for Trump, while more than 60,000 voted for Clinton.
Historian Dr. Daryl Carter says voters sent a message last night that almost half of the country is angry at the establishment and the elite. The East Tennessee State University associate professor says voters clearly feel disenfranchised by the American political system and they’re hurting economically. Dr. Carter has also studied race. He believes race, white resentment and sexism all played factors too.
“There’s a lot of problems economically in this region. While the economy seems to be good for a certain number of people, there are a lot of people in this area that are struggling,” Dr. Carter said. “He represents a group of Americans who are distrustful of media, distrustful of expertise, distrustful of elite cultural institutions. Not all these people are Trump supporters. Trump’s a vehicle for them through which they can express dissatisfaction and anger.”
Regardless who you supported, Dr. Carter says people should accept Trump as “our president” and try to move forward together, while still holding Trump accountable along the way.
The North Side, South Side and Millennium Centre precincts in Johnson City were the only precincts Clinton won, according to unofficial results.
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