Trump wins Arkansas

Earlier polling showed Trump leading Clinton by double digits in the state

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump casts his ballot, in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump casts his ballot, in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican Donald Trump has won Arkansas and its six electoral votes.

That brings his electoral vote total in Tuesday’s election to 129. Democrat Hillary Clinton has 97.

It takes 270 votes to win the presidency.

The result was expected. Earlier polling showed Trump leading Clinton by double digits in the state where she served as first lady for 12 years while her husband was the governor.

The once reliably blue state has turned red in recent years. Republicans now control all of Arkansas’ statewide and federal offices, as well as a majority of seats in both chambers of the state legislature.

Arkansas has backed the Republican candidate for the White House in every election since 1980 – except for years when Bill Clinton was running for president.

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