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Narrow margins in popular and electoral votes; Clinton wins NH

By MARK HAYWARD
New Hampshire Union Leader

November 10. 2016 4:12AM
Hilary Clinton supporters react to the election results at a watch party at the Radisson in Manchester on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

The campaign of Donald Trump is reviewing the 2,687-vote margin that put Democrat Hillary Clinton over the top in New Hampshire, according to a top official in the New Hampshire organization.

But win or lose New Hampshire, Clinton’s win in the Granite State will turn out to be inconsequential, as Republican Trump won most other battleground states on Tuesday and will become the 45th President of the United States.

Still, Trump lost a state he visited on the eve of the election and told “you have never disappointed me.”

“The last I heard, they were sending some representatives from the campaign to review the situation,” Stephen Stepanek, co-chairman of the New Hampshire Trump campaign, said Wednesday afternoon.

Stepanek, who attended the Trump victory celebration in New York, said he doesn’t know any details about the review. He said the decision was made after news networks declared Trump the winner in this year’s presidential election.

According to a tally posted by the Secretary of State, Clinton won New Hampshire by 2,687 votes out of 731,838 votes that have been tallied so far. The total does not include write-ins. “While we are deeply disappointed that Hillary Clinton will not be our next President, we are proud that New Hampshire’s four electoral votes will be cast for her,” said Raymond Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

“The unprecedented Democratic coordinated campaign which involved thousands of volunteers helped Hillary win New Hampshire, and we will build on this success in future elections,” he said in a statement.

Stepanek said the New Hampshire results were pretty evenly split.

“One-half of a tenth of a percent win is not a landslide win,” he said.

Stepanek noted that the last Granite State Poll, released two days before the election, had Clinton up over Trump by 11 percentage points.

“We overcame a deficit of 11 points and brought it to a dead heat. We way over-performed from what everyone said we would do,” said Stepanek, who added that he thinks New Hampshire will embrace Trump.

Trump campaigned hard in the Granite State, where he won the New Hampshire primary in February, his first primary win — in fact his first election win ever. He went on to visit the state 10 times after receiving the Republican nomination.

The Secretary of State reported the following statewide totals:

• Clinton, 348,497, or 47.6 percent of the vote.

• Trump, 345,810, or 47.2 percent.

• Libertarian Gary Johnson, 30,484, or 4.2 percent.

• Green Party candidate Jill Stein, 6,377 votes, less than 1 percent.

The tally showed that Clinton did well in cities, winning Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, Concord and Dover. Trump won in the suburban towns of Derry, Salem, Merrimack, Londonderry and Bedford, as well as the cities of Rochester, Franklin and Laconia.

Clinton also leads in the popular vote nationwide. As of Wednesday afternoon, Clinton had 59,676,870 votes to Trump’s 59,470,229, a difference of a little more than 206,600 votes.

But Trump won 279 electoral votes to Clinton’s 228. Under the Electoral College system, the election result in each individual state, not the overall popular vote, determines the ultimate winner.

mhayward@unionleader.com


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