Republican Donald J. Trump carried Mississippi with 57.9 percent of the vote for President of the United States on November 8, earning him Mississippi’s six votes in the Electoral College. He received a greater percentage of the vote than Republicans Mitt Romney in 2012 (55.3 percent) or John McCain in 2008 (56.2 percent), but fell short of President George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004 when Bush took 59.5 percent. Trump’s 700,714 raw votes bested Bush’s 684,981 votes from 2004; but, Trump fell short of the raw votes posted by Romney (710,746) and McCain (724,597).
In his two terms as President, Democrat Barack Obama never carried Mississippi. In 2012 he posted 562,949 votes for 43.8 percent of the vote; in 2008 his 554,662 votes gave him 43.0 percent. Democrat Hillary Clinton fell short of those numbers but did improve over John Kerry’s 2008 performance. Her 485,581 votes for 40.1 percent exceeded Kerry by 27,487 votes, or three-tenths of a point.