United States presidential election in Illinois, 2016

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United States presidential election in Illinois, 2016
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Turnout 70.56% Increase [1]

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Nominee Hillary Clinton Donald Trump
Party Democratic Republican
Home state New York New York
Running mate Tim Kaine Mike Pence
Electoral vote 20 0
Popular vote 3,090,729 2,146,015
Percentage 55.83% 38.76%

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County Results

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Results by county showing number of votes by size and candidates by color

President before election

Barack Obama

Elected President

Donald Trump

Treemap of the popular vote by county.

The 2016 United States presidential election in Illinois was held on November 8, 2016, as part of the 2016 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. Illinois voters chose 20 electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting the Republican Party's nominee, businessman Donald Trump, and running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence against Democratic Party nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine.

Illinois was won by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who garnered 55.83% of votes cast against Donald Trump's 38.76%, winning the state by a margin of 17.07%. Prior to the election, news organizations predicted that the state would be carried by Clinton, who was born in Illinois. Clinton won by a slightly enlarged margin from Barack Obama's 2012 win in his home state, however, her overall percentage was not as large as Obama's in 2008 or 2012.[2] Illinois was among the eleven states in which Hillary Clinton outperformed Barack Obama's margin in 2012.

Primary elections

Presidential primary elections for three parties were held in Illinois. From January 25 to February 17, 2016, the Green Party of the United States held primaries and caucuses, as part of the Green Party presidential primaries, to elect delegates representing a candidate at the 2016 Green National Convention. Physician and activist Jill Stein won a landslide of the popular vote, taking almost all of the state's 23 delegates. On March 15, 2016, both the Democratic and Republican parties held primaries in Illinois as part of a five-state contest being held on the day in both the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries. In the Democratic primaries, 156 pledged delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention were elected and awarded to candidates proportionally, according to countywide and statewide vote. In the Republican primaries, 69 delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention were elected and awarded to the first place candidate, according to statewide vote.

Democratic primary


March 14, 2016 – Columbus, Ohio, and Springfield, Illinois: The tenth forum was held at 6:00 pm EDT on March 14, 2016, at the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site (Illinois) in Springfield, Illinois. It aired on MSNBC. The first section of the town hall with Bernie Sanders was moderated by Chuck Todd; the second section of the town hall with Hillary Clinton was moderated by Chris Matthews.


Six candidates appeared on the Democratic presidential primary ballot:[3]

Illinois Democratic primary, March 15, 2016
Candidate Popular vote Estimated delegates
Count Percentage Pledged Unpledged Total
Hillary Clinton 1,039,555 50.56% 79 24 103
Bernie Sanders 999,494 48.61% 77 1 78
Willie Wilson 6,565 0.32%
Martin O'Malley (withdrawn) 6,197 0.30% 0 1 1
Lawrence "Larry Joe" Cohen 2,407 0.12%
Rocky De La Fuente 1,802 0.09%
Others 27 0.00%
Uncommitted N/A 0 1 1
Total 2,056,047 100% 156 27 183
Source: The Green Papers, Illinois Board of Elections and
Illinois Democratic Party - Official Pledged Delegates Allocation

Republican primary

Ten candidates appeared on the Republican presidential primary ballot:[3]

Illinois Republican primary, March 15, 2016
Candidate Votes Percentage Actual delegate count
Bound Unbound Total
America Symbol.svg Donald Trump 562,464 38.80% 54 0 54
Ted Cruz 438,235 30.23% 9 0 9
John Kasich 286,118 19.74% 6 0 6
Marco Rubio 126,681 8.74% 0 0 0
Ben Carson (withdrawn) 11,469 0.79% 0 0 0
Jeb Bush (withdrawn) 11,188 0.77% 0 0 0
Rand Paul (withdrawn) 4,718 0.33% 0 0 0
Chris Christie (withdrawn) 3,428 0.24% 0 0 0
Mike Huckabee (withdrawn) 2,737 0.19% 0 0 0
Carly Fiorina (withdrawn) 1,540 0.11% 0 0 0
Rick Santorum (withdrawn) 1,154 0.08% 0 0 0
Unprojected delegates: 0 0 0
Total: 1,449,748 100.00% 69 0 69
Source: The Green Papers

Green primary

The Green Party of Illinois held the very first primary election for the Green Party of the United States, in their series of presidential primaries. Registered Green party voters could participate in the primary through an online ballot or at select caucus sites in the state on various dates. 23 delegates to the 2016 Green National Convention were up for election in this primary.

Five candidates stood for election, including a sixth "uncommitted" option for the ballot. The candidates included activist and Green nominee in the 2012 presidential election, Jill Stein, singer-songwriter Darryl Cherney, businesswoman Sedinam Moyowasifza-Curry, perennial candidate Kent Mesplay, and professor William "Bill" Kreml. By the end of the primary, 134 votes were cast, with Stein winning a landslide 87% of the vote. 20 delegates from Illinois to the convention were allocated to Stein following the primary, with 1 being allocated to William Kreml and 2 being sent as uncommitted delegates.[4][5]

Illinois Green Party presidential primary, January 25 - February 17, 2016
Candidate Votes Percentage National delegates
America Symbol.svg Jill Stein 119 87% 20
William Kreml 5 4% 1
Kent Mesplay 2 1% 0
Sedinam Moyowasifza-Curry 2 6% 0
Darryl Cherney 0 0% 0
Uncommitted 10 7% 2
Total 134 100.00% 23

General election


Clinton's win in Illinois was largely the result of a lopsided victory in Cook County, the state's most populous county and home of Chicago, the city where Clinton was born and raised. Trump meanwhile won most of the downstate rural counties by large margins. Many of these counties had voted for Clinton's husband in both his 1992 and 1996 presidential runs. This is also the first presidential election in history where a Republican managed to win the White House nationally without carrying any of Chicago's collar counties aside from McHenry County, which is much more Republican-leaning than the other four collar counties. Illinois, along with Minnesota, was one of the only two Midwestern states not won by Donald Trump.

This county, including the collar counties and downstate counties of Champaign and McLean, were the only ones to swing towards Clinton, although Clinton carried the former mentioned. Knowing these statistics, if one were to subtract Cook County's total votes from the rest of Illinois, Donald Trump would have won the state with 1,692,728 votes to Clinton's 1,478,783 votes.[6] This is the first time the Republicans have won Alexander County since Richard Nixon’s 1972 landslide.[7] Peoria County matched the national popular vote this year, as it did in the 2012 election.[8]

Had Clinton won the election, she would have become the second president born in Illinois after Ronald Reagan. But like Reagan, both politicians jump started their political careers in elected office elsewhere. Reagan served as Governor of California while Clinton served as a United States Senator from New York.



United States presidential election in Illinois, 2016[9]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes % Electoral votes
Democratic Hillary Clinton Tim Kaine 3,090,729 55.83% 20
Republican Donald Trump Mike Pence 2,146,015 38.76% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson William Weld 209,596 3.79% 0
Green Jill Stein Ajamu Baraka 76,802 1.39% 0
Total 5,536,424 100.0% 20

By congressional district

Clinton won 11 of 18 congressional districts.[10]

District Trump Clinton Representative
1st 22% 75% Bobby Rush
2nd 19% 79% Robin Kelly
3rd 39% 55% Dan Lipinski
4th 13% 81% Luis Gutierrez
5th 24% 70% Mike Quigley
6th 43% 50% Peter Roskam
7th 9% 87% Danny K. Davis
8th 36% 58% Tammy Duckworth
Raja Krishnamoorthi
9th 25% 69% Jan Schakowsky
10th 32% 61% Robert Dold
Brad Schneider
11th 35% 58% Bill Foster
12th 55% 40% Mike Bost
13th 50% 44% Rodney Davis
14th 48% 45% Randy Hultgren
15th 71% 24% John Shimkus
16th 55% 38% Adam Kinzinger
17th 47% 47% Cheri Bustos
18th 60% 33% Darin LaHood

See also


  1. ^ http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2016GEOfficialVote.pdf
  2. ^ http://cookpolitical.com/story/10174.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/offices-on-the-ballots.html/
  4. ^ Mastrangelo, Vito (February 19, 2016). "Dr. Jill Stein Wins ILGP Presidential Preference Vote!". Illinois Green Party. Green Party of the United States. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ Lesiak, Krzysztof (February 21, 2016). "Jill Stein easily wins Illinois Green Party presidential preference vote". American Third Party Report. Independent Political Report. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/data.php?year=2016&def=swg&datatype=national&f=0&off=0&elect=0
  7. ^ Sullivan, Robert David; ‘How the Red and Blue Map Evolved Over the Past Century’; America Magazine in The National Catholic Review; June 29, 2016,
  8. ^ http://www.politico.com/2016-election/results/map/president/illinois/
  9. ^ "General Election 11/8/2016 Results". Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ http://www.swingstateproject.com/diary/4161/

External links

  • RNC 2016 Republican Nominating Process
  • Green papers for 2016 primaries, caucuses, and conventions
  • 2016 Presidential primaries, ElectionProjection.com
  • Decision Desk Headquarter Results for Illinois
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