- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - A look at Illinois voters’ views from Tuesday’s election, according to preliminary results of exit polls conducted in Illinois for The Associated Press and the television networks:


CLINTON FOR THE WIN: Democrat Hillary Clinton easily beat Republican Donald Trump in Illinois, thanks to women, young voters, people earning less than $100,000 and voters north of Interstate 80.

Four in five women voted for Clinton, who held her own against Trump among men. She bested Trump among voters aged 18 to 44 and ran even with him among older voters.

While conservatives went for Trump and liberals for Clinton, more than four in five voters who describe themselves as moderates cast ballots for Clinton.

Heavily Democratic Chicago was Clinton territory, and the former secretary of state handily topped Trump in the historically Republican suburban counties surrounding the city. Trump had an edge in more rural central and southern Illinois.

IMMIGRATION: Trump, who has pledged to stop illegal immigration and deport those in the U.S. illegally, did not win over Illinois voters with that message. Among those who believe people here illegally should be given a chance at citizenship, most went for Clinton.

DUCKWORTH EMERGES: Democrat Tammy Duckworth ousted first-term Republican Sen. Mark Kirk by winning more than half of women’s votes and about half of men. Duckworth, an Asian-American, split votes with Kirk among whites, easily won the tallies of non-whites, and had the edge among moderates.

THE ECONOMY: Voters who listed the economy as their No. 1 issue mostly supported Clinton in the presidential race. Those who are “dissatisfied” or “angry” with the government split their votes.


The exit poll of 916 Illinois voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research in a random sample of 15 precincts statewide. Results were subject to a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

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