By Don Davis
The Dickinson Press
North Dakota and South Dakota went, as expected, to Republican Donald Trump.
Major news services projected the two states as going to the GOP candidate second after polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. The news was no surprise.
The projections were made based on exit polls because there was very few votes counted.
The two states were joined by a line of states across the middle part of the country to vote for Trump, including Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Texas.
North Dakota’s three electoral votes went to Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton. The state has backed the Republican president candidate 25 times in its 31 presidential elections, at times in a landslide, that the state has been in the union. South Dakota has voted for Republicans all but four times in its history. The state has three electoral votes.
Other Upper Midwest states were not called immediately. Minnesota was thought to lean toward Democrat Hillary Clinton, given the fact that the last time the state’s voters last elected a Republican in 1972. However, Donald Trump visited the state Sunday and his running mate, Mike Pence, came Monday in the GOP candidates’ attempt to win the 10 Minnesota electoral votes.
Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes were subject of a presidential battle. Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, and their surrogates, were frequent Wisconsin visitors. The state has voted Democrat in seven straight presidential elections. Iowa is a rare state that Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton campaigns fought over. Its six electoral votes were at stake and the two major campaigns often visited the state, which supported Barack Obama in the past two presidential elections.