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White men put Trump over the top in Pennsylvania

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By GEOFF MULVIHILL
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Donald Trump used a massive victory among white male voters in Pennsylvania to overcome Hillary Clinton's broad coalition there and win a state that had gone for Democrats in the past six presidential elections.

His victory in Pennsylvania helped put him over the top in a win that projections did not see coming.

Clinton won among younger voters and dominated among minorities, according to an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks Tuesday.

A look at some of the details from exit poll data:

WHITE MEN REPRESENT A MAJOR BLOC

White voters are a shrinking part of the population, but they still made up 4 in 5 voters in Pennsylvania.

White women were divided about evenly between the candidates.

But Trump had the support of more than 3 in 5 white men. He did even better among white men without college degrees, getting about 7 in 10 of their votes.

CLINTON DIDN'T MATCH OBAMA IN CITIES

Clinton dominated the vote in Pennsylvania cities with populations over 50,000, getting 7 in 10 votes there.

But that did not match what President Barrack Obama did when he was re-elected in 2012, when he received 8 in 10 votes in those same cities.

Her performance in the Philadelphia suburbs was about the same as Obama's four years ago.

Trump's results in the rest of the state were slightly better than Republican Mitt Romney's in 2012.

NOT ALL VOTERS WERE ENTHUSIASTIC

Voters in Pennsylvania, like those across the country, indicated they did not see it as a choice between two good candidates.

Hardly any said both were qualified, honest or had the temperament for the job.

And about 1 in 8 said neither of them was qualified for the job.

That left voters in the odd position of casting their ballots for a candidate they had major reservations about.

About 1 in 4 Trump voters said he's not honest and about 1 in 5 said he's not qualified.

About 1 in 4 Clinton voters questioned their candidate's honesty. But more than 9 in 10 of her supporters said she's qualified.

ABOUT THE POLL

The exit poll of 2,935 Pennsylvania voters was conducted for the AP and the television networks by Edison Research in a random sample of 50 precincts statewide. Results were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

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