- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials say more than 70 percent of registered voters in Iowa participated in this year’s general election.

The Iowa Secretary of State’s office says Monday that an official vote tally shows more than 1.5 million ballots were cast in the state in connection to the Nov. 8 election. Roughly 8,500 more ballots were cast in the 2012 general election, which holds the record for most votes cast.

There were more than 800,000 votes recorded for President-elect Donald Trump. The Republican won Iowa over Democrat Hillary Clinton by roughly 147,000 votes, or nearly 10 percentage points.

Voters cast more than 40,000 ballots for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee. That amount makes the Libertarian Party of Iowa eligible for full political party status.

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