Which States Went Blue In 2016? The Democrats' Map Shrank This Year

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a rally outside the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning November 7, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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The collective nightmare has come to an end (well, one end at least): the election is over, Donald Trump is president-elect, and it's time to dissect every bit of data — how many Latinos turned out to vote, whether or not college-educated whites went blue or red, and how many women cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton. Let's start at the very top, and take a look at which states went blue in 2016

A day before the election, FiveThirtyEight showed that Secretary Clinton was narrowly leading in three swing states — Nevada, Florida, and North Carolina. New Hampshire, a firewall state for Clinton, also saw some tightening polls in the days leading up to the election. But, as we know, polls can be inaccurate for any number of reasons (or, in some cases, polling was within the margin of error.) So when the election played out on Tuesday, how many states did Hillary Clinton end up winning? 

In total, 19 states went blue, in addition to the District of Columbia, for a total of 232 electoral votes. Obviously, that falls short of the necessary 270 to win (in case, you know, you hadn't heard...) Here are those states:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington

Donald Trump managed to expand the usual Republican map, with his flip of Michigan and Wisconsin. Add to that his win of Florida, with its coveted 29 electoral votes, and Clinton ended up far from the needed 270 electoral votes to win. 

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