VOA: Trump win surprises election experts

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Many elections experts are trying to decipher Donald Trump’s surprising presidential victory that defied most poll projections as he chalked up wins in states that have favored Democrats in past elections.

“He did extremely well in small towns and rural areas,” Emory University political expert Alan Abramowitz told VOA, “and just generally was able to capitalize on this anger and frustration out there among a pretty large segment of the electorate, mainly white voters without a college degree, who felt they’ve been ignored and perhaps also who resent that they see immigrants and minorities taking their jobs or getting advantages they don’t get.”

Trump’s strong performance in rural America was enough to offset the heavy turnout among urban voters who cast ballots for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

And although Abramowitz remains skeptical, he said preliminary data suggest Trump fared relatively well among minorities.

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