WATCH | For many in McDowell County, West Virginia, news of a Donald Trump victory came as a relief. The small Appalachian coal-mining community is home to many Trump supporters, who last May handed Donald Trump his biggest primary victory.
White, working class and frustratedAccording to exit polling, Donald Trump owes his stunning victory to the white working class -- a group he won by an unprecedented margin. It's a segment of the electorate whose economic anxieties the media and pollsters appear to have underestimated.
And although Clinton won minority voters, she didn't take home the margins she needed to offset Trump's gains with the white working class.
Die-hard Democrats -- people that have been Democrats their whole life -- did not vote a straight ticket.
Diehard Democrats vote for Trump
McDowell County is one of many traditionally blue-collar Democratic strongholds that voted for Trump. Many feel the economy has left them behind, according to Michael Brooks, the incoming county commissioner.
Eighteen year-old Kyle Gilbert voted for the first time on Tuesday.
"Trump promised us a lot of jobs. Let’s hope he follows through. That’s really what I’m voting for. "
A glimmer of hope in McDowell
The decline of the coal industry hit McDowell County hard -- it's now one of the poorest counties in the nation. Before his primary victory in West Virginia, Trump promised to restore coal jobs to the area.
But even Trump voters in McDowell will tell you, it's unclear how he plans to do that. Still, residents here are optimistic.
"People here are happy that he got it. We've got a little hope," said one McDowell voter.
Joseph French cast his ballot for Trump but wasn't looking forward to either outcome.
"You’ve got a reality TV star and you’ve got the biggest lying politician we’ve ever had."
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