Despite widespread predictions that a wave of Hispanics would defeat him, exit poll data indicates that president-elect Donald Trump did better with Hispanics than Mitt Romney did in 2012.
According to exit poll data collected by CNN, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton defeated Trump among Hispanics at 65 percent to 29 percent. While that’s a big margin, it’s smaller than the one Barack Obama won by in 2012. He defeated Mitt Romney among Hispanics 71 percent to 27 percent.
Trump did better among black voters as well. While Obama absolutely dominated among blacks, beating Romney 93-7, Clinton only beat Trump 88-8. Lower overall turnout among black voters, a shift may have been decisive, propelled Trump to small victories in states like Michigan and Pennsylvania that seemed out of reach for him just days ago.
Intriguingly, despite expectations that his path to victory depended on supercharging white turnout, Trump did not outperform Romney among white voters. He received just 58 percent of the white vote, a small drop from Romney’s 59 percent. Clinton, though, dropped further, winning just 37 percent of whites compared to Obama’s 39 percent.