Murray County voters show the most support for Trump in NewsChannel 9 viewing area
Out of the 16 counties NewsChannel 9 covers in Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina, voters in Murray County, Georgia showed the most support for Donald Trump. Trump dominated in rural Georgia areas.
"He knows how to make money and knows what we need to make the economy come back," said Gerald Deal. Deal lives in Murray County and explained that is why he voted for Donald Trump for president of the United States.
"You can see around this area that it's died. I'm self-employed and I own by own business so I am looking for a change," said Deal.
Another small business owner in town agreed with Deal. "I just think we are tired of everything we went through. Almost this whole county is working class people so we all need help," said Dolly Pritchett. According to the Georgia Secretary of State office, in Murray County, approximately 83% of the voters went with Donald Trump and 14% went with Hillary Clinton. Overall Georgia voting totals had 51% of voters for Trump and 46% for Clinton.
"I got married when I was 14, so I've been working all my life, I didn't go to college either, but I wound up in my own business and you know I know what it is like to work and make a living," said Deal.
Trump won another group of voters, one Deal is part of, white voters without a college degree. ABC News exit polls indicated Trump took 67 percent of those voters.
NewsChannel 9 compared this year's election results with the 2012 presidential election results. The margin between Trump and Clinton was larger in Murray County than between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. In 2012, Romney took approximately 75 percent of the vote and Obama took approximately 23 percent of the vote.
"People are looking for a change, they want to see something different," said Kevin Sanford, a Murray county resident. One of several controversial changes that was part of Trump's campaign is a wall on the southern border of the United States including immigration restrictions.
"I agree with that. I'm not going to say he's going to get it done, because that will take time," said Deal.
"I hope so, he seems like he will," said Pritchett.
"I don't know about a wall, but I think he will fix the order of immigration and help improve ... better the legal system," said Sanford.
The NewsChannel 9 crew spent all afternoon in Murray County and found one Hillary Clinton supporter who was not willing to go on camera.
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