- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Democrat Hillary Clinton easily won Vermont’s three electoral votes Tuesday, the first votes awarded to her in the nation’s presidential contest.

The former secretary of state outperformed her Republican opponent, billionaire businessman Donald Trump.

Clinton was popular in Vermont, widely considered one of the most liberal states in the country.

Many voters believe the nation needs healing after such a contentious election. Heidi Ringer, of Montpelier, says Clinton is the candidate who can help do that.

“I’m hopeful that Hillary Clinton will win because I think we need to pull our country together and remember what makes us great, and it’s our kindness and our compassion and our intelligence,” said Ringer, a literacy and writing teacher.

Trump also had his supporters in the state.

Mark Guptil, who says he’s a Democrat, voted for Trump in Montpelier and believes Washington needs change.

“I mean, all this bickering over the years. I know I’m fed up with it,” said Guptil, who works for a sign company. “I know other people are fed up with it. Nothing’s getting done.”


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