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Which counties did Trump win? How high was Idaho’s turnout?

The line of voters at Ustick Baptist Church in Boise stretched out the door when polls opened Tuesday. Turnout in Ada County and statewide set new records.
The line of voters at Ustick Baptist Church in Boise stretched out the door when polls opened Tuesday. Turnout in Ada County and statewide set new records. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

Idaho voters set a new standard for turnout at the polls Tuesday, and while percentages await a final tabulation of same-day registrations, raw numbers tell the story.

More than 692,000 votes were cast in the presidential election, in the still-unofficial count. That’s about 4 percent more than in 2008, the previous high-water mark.

Hillary Clinton won two Idaho counties: Blaine and Latah.

The turnout rates in the unofficial returns will look slightly inflated until officials update voter rolls to account for people who registered Tuesday. But state turnout is on track to surpass the 77 percent mark seen in 2008 and the 74 percent from 2012.

Voter rolls fluctuate year to year. Idaho counted 813,000 registered voters on Nov. 1. A month earlier, there were 785,000. A year ago, the count was 737,000. But in November 2014, the total was nearly 754,000.

Registration numbers swell around election time and drop several months later, because under state law the rolls are purged within four months of each election and registrations canceled for anyone who hasn’t voted in four years.

WINNING: IT’S ALL RELATIVE

Tuesday’s state turnout would rate in the stratospheric mid-80 percent range if it were based on the registration numbers from Nov. 1. Turnout was high, but not that high. But a few observations can be made.

Donald Trump saw his biggest victory margins in Idaho County, where he took more than 78 percent of the vote, followed in order by Owyhee, Lewis, Bear Lake and Gem. His weakest showing came in Blaine, where he took 31 percent, followed by Latah, Teton, Ada and Bannock.

Trump’s statewide margin was 59.3 percent, the first time a Republican presidential candidate failed to break the 60 percent threshold since 1996.

Hillary Clinton: Her best showing was in Blaine County, just under 60 percent, followed by Latah, Teton, Ada and Valley. Her worst showing was just 7 percent in Franklin, followed by Madison, Jefferson, Bear Lake and Oneida. Those five, with large Mormon populations, happen to be where Utahan and independent candidate Evan McMullin saw his best showings.

Clinton’s statewide take of 27.5 percent was the worst since Walter Mondale took just 26.4 percent against Ronald Reagan in 1984.

And McMullin? He saw his highest take, nearly 30 percent, in Madison County, and his lowest, just over 1 percent, in Lewis. Statewide, he got 6.7 percent of the vote.

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate, saw his best showing in Latah, where he took 6.6 percent, and his worst in Clark, where he got 1.4 percent. His statewide take was 4.1 percent.

Bill Dentzer: 208-377-6438, @IDSBillD

Hillary Rodham Clinton (D)

Donald J. Trump (R)

Ada

75,676

93,748

Adams

415

1,556

Bannock

10,342

17,180

Bear Lake

255

2,203

Benewah

780

3,101

Bingham

2,924

10,907

Blaine

6,416

3,340

Boise

777

2,673

Bonner

5,819

13,343

Bonneville

8,930

26,699

Boundary

933

3,789

Butte

160

914

Camas

110

410

Canyon

16,883

47,222

Caribou

271

2,275

Cassia

1,036

5,949

Clark

44

203

Clearwater

704

2,852

Custer

427

1,777

Elmore

1,814

5,816

Franklin

385

3,901

Fremont

651

4,091

Gem

1,229

5,980

Gooding

930

3,743

Idaho

1,196

6,441

Jefferson

976

8,436

Jerome

1,329

4,644

Kootenai

16,264

44,449

Latah

8,093

7,255

Lemhi

733

3,011

Lewis

270

1,202

Lincoln

360

1,184

Madison

1,201

8,941

Minidoka

1,167

4,887

Nez Perce

4,828

10,699

Oneida

184

1,531

Owyhee

591

3,052

Payette

1,507

6,489

Power

699

1,666

Shoshone

1,384

3,297

Teton

2,157

2,161

Twin Falls

6,844

21,063

Valley

1,913

2,906

Washington

776

3,283

Grand Total

190,383

410,269

Plurality

219,886

Percentage

27.5%

59.3%

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