Rural counties a big win for Trump in Ohio

DELAWARE & MARION COS., OH, (WCMH) — President-Elect Donald Trump won in key battleground states, including Ohio. And although the voter turnout was lower than in 2012, disaffected voters in rural counties came out strong, giving him the win.

In Delaware County, Mr. Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 16 percent of those who voted.

In Delaware County, 75 percent of people turned out to vote. NBC4 asked Trump supporters what their expectations are for the future.

Coffee drinkers in both the Home Slice Bakery and Café and Choffey’s in downtown were more than willing to say why they voted for Mr. Trump.

“We are tired of the way things are going and we need to see change, let’s give it a shot and see what happens,” said Robin Downing, who said she works with the disadvantaged families in the area.

“I think just stating that having a businessman in office might not be a bad thing for our economy,” said Shelly Myers, who owns Choffey’s.

Poll numbers show more than 80 percent of evangelicals voted for Trump.

“I do believe that the Republican party is who he represents, and so the people he is going to be putting in place are going to stand behind biblical principles that both my husband and I believe in,” said Amanda Mowry.

“More than just Donald Trump it is about moral values, it is for what he stands for and says he stands for,” said barista Aaron Martin.

Many of the voters NBC4 spoke with said it was also politics as usual that made it an easy decision for them.

In the next county north of Delaware, NBC4 caught up with the Smart family in Marion County, a county Trump voters more than doubled the vote for Clinton.

Three brothers, their sister and spouses all sat down for lunch at the House of Hunan, a popular Marion restaurant.

“The establishment, I am just tired of everything we see,” said Dee Smart. “I think is time people took back the country. I don’t think they cared enough about the middle class.”

Everyone sitting at the Smart lunch table say they voted for President-Elect Trump.

“I think the beltway will be unheaved in grand form and yet I still believe there will be some difficulty,” Tom Smart said. “Donald will find difficulty with his own party.” Tom Smart said.

Food came but it did not stop the talk of Trump’s win. NBC4’s Rick Reitzel asked Todd Smart about voting a president who has never served in an elected office.

“I think it will be a pleasant surprise because the Donald will say what he wants and I think he will get the job done, but it is going to take a lot of hassle and work though,” he said.

The Smart family members have voted in more than a dozen presidential elections, saying their family roots in this country go back to 1673.

“I expect our country to be formed back together with honesty,” said Tom Smart. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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