2016 US presidential election results: how each state voted in the Donald Trump vs Hilary Clinton race - plus margin of victory by state

President Trump claimed key victories in battleground states on his way to an unlikely 2016 election victory

Four years ago Donald Trump claimed a surprise victory over Hillary Clinton at the 2016 US Election.

Despite polls favouring the Democrat candidate, Trump emerged as the winner on Election night, claiming unlikely victories in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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The incumbent President will likely need to claim victories in the same battleground states if he is to beat 2020 rival Joe Biden.

Trump and Clinton fought out a bitter election campaign in 2016 (Getty Images)
Trump and Clinton fought out a bitter election campaign in 2016 (Getty Images)

Here’s a breakdown of how each state voted in 2016 – and when the results were “called”.

How did each state vote in 2016?

All times are stated in Eastern Time and Greenwich Mean Time in brackets.

Electoral college vote numbers are also stated, as well as a running tally of electoral college votes won by each candidate

7pm (Midnight)

Donald Trump: Indiana (11) and Kentucky (8)Hillary Clinton: Vermont (3)

Trump: 19 Clinton: 3

7.30pm (0.30am)Donald Trump: West Virginia (5)Trump: 24 Clinton: 3.

8pm (1am)Donald Trump: Mississippi (6), Oklahoma, (7) and Tennessee (11).Hillary Clinton: Illinois, (20), Delaware (3), Maryland (10), Massachusetts (11), Rhode Island (4), New Jersey (14) and the District of Columbia (3).Trump: 48 Clinton: 68

8.30pm (1.30am)Donald Trump: South Carolina (9) and Alabama (9).

Trump: 66 Clinton: 68

9pm (2am)Donald Trump: Kansas (6), Wyoming (3), Nebraska (5), North Dakota (3) and South Dakota (3).Hillary Clinton: New York (29).Trump: 86 Clinton: 97.

9.15pm (2.15am) Donald Trump: Texas (38) and Arkansas (6).Trump: 130 Clinton: 97.

9.45pm (2.45am)Donald Trump: Louisiana (8).Hillary Clinton: Connecticut (7).Trump: 138 Clinton: 104

10pm (3am)Donald Trump: Montana (3)Trump: 141 Clinton: 104.

10.15pm (3.15am)Donald Trump: Missouri (10).Hillary Clinton: New Mexico (5).Trump: 151 Clinton: 109

10.30pm (3.30am)Donald Trump: Ohio (18).Trump: 169 Clinton: 109.

10.40pm (3.40am)Hillary Clinton: Virginia (13)Trump: 169 Clinton: 122

10.50pm (3.50am)Hillary Clinton: Colorado (9)Trump: 169 Clinton: 131.

11pm (4am)Donald Trump: Idaho (4).Hillary Clinton: California (55) and Hawaii (4)Trump: 173 Clinton: 190

11.10pm (4.10am)Donald Trump: North Carolina (15).Clinton: 190 Trump: 188.

11.15pm (4.15am)Hillary Clinton: Oregon (7)Clinton: 197 Trump: 188.

11.30pm (4.30am)Donald Trump: Florida (29)Trump: 217 Clinton: 197.

11.40pm (4.40am)Hillary Clinton: Washington State (12).Trump: 217 Clinton: 209

11.50pm (4.50am)Donald Trump - Georgia (16)

Trump: 233 Clinton: 209.

12.10am (5.10am)Donald Trump: Iowa (6)Trump: 239 Clinton: 209.

12.25am (5.25am)Hillary Clinton: Nevada (6).Trump: 238 Clinton: 215

1.10am (6.10am)Donald Trump: Utah (6)Total electoral votes: Trump - 244. Clinton - 215

1.40am (6.40am)Donald Trump - Alaska (3)Total electoral votes: Trump - 247. Clinton - 215

2.30am (7.30am)Donald Trump: Pennsylvania (20) Maine (1)Hillary Clinton: Maine (3)Trump: 269 Clinton: 218

2.45am (7.45am)Donald Trump: Wisconsin (10)Trump: 279 Clinton: 218

November 9

Hillary Clinton: Minnesota (10)

Trump: 279 Clinton: 228

November 11

Donald Trump: Arizona (11)

Trump: 290 Clinton: 228

November 14

Hillary Clinton: New Hampshire (4)

Trump: 290 Clinton: 232

November 24

Donald Trump: Michigan (16)

Trump: 306 Clinton: 232

Margin of victory in each state

Trump victory (by highest margin of victory)

Wyoming: 118,466 (46.3%), West Virginia: 300,577 (42.07%), Oklahoma: 528,761 (37.08%), North Dakota: 123,036 (35.73%), Idaho: 219,290 (31.77%), Kentucky: 574,177 (29.84%), South Dakota: 110,263 (29.79%), Alabama: 588,708 (27.73%), Arkansas: 304,378 (26.92%), Tennessee: 652,230 (26.01%), Nebraska: 211,467 (25.05%), Kansas: 244,013 (20.60%), Montana: 101,531 (20.42%), Louisiana: 398,484 (19.64%), Indiana: 524,160 (19.17%), Missouri: 523,443 (18.64%), Utah: 204,555 (18.08%), Mississippi: 215,583 (17.83%), Alaska: 46,933 (14.73%), South Carolina: 300,016 (14.27%), Iowa: 147,314 (9.41%), Texas: 807,179 (8.99%), Ohio: 446,841 (8.13%), Georgia: 211,141 (5.13%), North Carolina: 173,315 (3.66%), Arizona: 91,234 (3.55%), Florida: 112,911 (1.20%), Wisconsin: 22,748 (0.77%), Pennsylvania: 44,292 (0.72%), Michigan: 10,704 (0.23%)

Clinton victory (by highest margin of victory)

District of Columbia: 270,107 (86.78%), Hawaii: 138,044 (32.18%), California: 4,269,978 (30.11%), Massachusetts: 904,303 (27.20%), Maryland: 734,759 (26.42%), Vermont: 83,204 (26.41%), New York: 1,736,590 (22.49%), Illinois: 944,714 (17.06%), Washington: 520,971 (15.71%), Rhode Island: 71,982 (15.51%), New Jersey: 546,345 (14.10%), Connecticut: 224,357 (13.64%), Delaware: 50,476 (11.37%), Oregon: 219,703 (10.98%), New Mexico: 65,567 (8.21%), Virginia: 212,030 (5.32%), Colorado: 136,386 (4.91%), Maine: 22,142 (2.96%), Nevada: 27,202 (2.42%), Minnesota: 44,765 (1.52%), New Hampshire: 2,736 (0.37%)

Voter turnout

At the 2016 election 138,847,000 votes were cast

That’s 55.5% of the voting age population (VAP) with 250,056,000 eligible to vote at the last election.

This was a 0.6% increase on the 2012 election, but a 1.6% drop on the 2008 election.

Forecasts for the 2020 election suggests that 150m Americans could vote, which would represent the highest voter turnout percentage in over a century.

So why the high turnout?

More than ever the electorate feel like the result of the election matters – a poll by Pew Research Center found that 83% of respondents believed that it “really matters who wins” the election, compared to 74% in 2016 and 63% in 2012. This is at least partly to do with Mr Trump’s divisive nature with his loyal base and his bitter rivals determined to emerge victorious this election day following a year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter demonstrations.