Despite netting almost 250,000 more votes in the state than he did in 2016, President Donald Trump saw only a slight uptick in his share of Oklahoma’s votes this year (see interactive map below).
In falling short in his bid for a second term, Trump won Oklahoma’s seven electoral seats with 65.37% of the vote this year. In 2016, he took an ever-so-slightly-lower 65.32% of the votes.
Trump performed better throughout most of the state as he improved on his 2016 showing in 70 of the state’s 77 counties. Most of these were small rural counties. In Major County, located about 110 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, Trump’s vote share increased by more than 10 percentage points as he ended up claiming 88.9% of the county’s votes this year.
But Trump saw waning support in seven of the state’s more populous counties, which prevented the sitting president from gaining a larger share of the vote.
This includes his 49.2% win in Oklahoma County, the only county in the state where he failed to win a majority of the county. In 2016, he won with 51.7% of the vote.
This year, however, with turnout substantially higher through the state, Trump came away with more overall votes. A total of 1,018,870 Oklahomans voted for the president this year, an increase of nearly 226,500 votes.
His 65.4% win in Oklahoma was Trump’s fourth-highest win percentage in any state, next to only Wyoming (70.4%), West Virginia (68.7%) and North Dakota (65.5%)
Trevor Brown has been an Oklahoma Watch reporter since 2016. He covers politics, elections, health policies and government accountability issues. Call or text him at (630) 301-0589. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @tbrownokc
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