HAZARD — In what could be described as an upset, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won the general election to become the 45th President of the United States. He defeated his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in Perry County with 77 percent of the vote.
He carried Kentucky with 62 percent of total votes. Out of 120 counties, only Jefferson County and Fayette County went to Clinton.
The rest of the 118 counties went to Trump.
Trump won the race with 290 electoral votes, he only needed 270 to win. Clinton took 228 of the electoral votes.
Clinton won 47.7 percent of the popular votes, compared to Trump’s 47.5 percent.
The Presidency wasn’t the only election the Republican Party won, they also took the majority in the United States Senate Senate and the United States House of Representatives.
The GOP in Kentucky also earned a majority in the House of Representatives, a first since 1921.
This means the GOP controls the Governorship, the Senate, and House of Representatives, giving them a trifecta.
Here in Perry County, Republican Challenger Chris Fugate defeated Democratic incumbent Fitz Steele for State Representative. The 84th District represents Perry and a large portion of Harlan.
Fugate took 58 percent of the vote in Perry County.
Incumbent Senator Rand Paul was reelected to another term in the United States Senate. He defeated Democratic Challenger Jim Gray. Paul earned 62 percent of the vote in Perry County.
President-Elect Trump will assume office Jan. 20.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.