AUSTIN (AP) – Unofficial results show that nearly 8.9 million Texans cast ballots in Tuesday’s presidential election, surpassing the state’s record 8 million voters in 2008.
With about 98.5 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday, the Secretary of State had tallied 8,878,000-plus votes. That’s about 59 percent of registered voters statewide.
Texas exceeded 15.1 million registered voters for the first time this cycle. Donald Trump won its 38 electoral votes while taking the presidency.
He beat Hillary Clinton by just under 10 percentage points statewide, according to unofficial results. If that holds, Trump would be the first Republican presidential hopeful since 2000 not to coast to double-digit victory statewide.
Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama by 16 points in Texas in 2012. Bob Dole only topped Bill Clinton by five percentage points in 1996.
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