Donald Trump was declared the winner in Ohio, marginally beating Clinton by just five points in the state, and winning over Fayette County.
Voter turn-out in Washington Court House favored Trump on election day as people came to cast votes for Clinton, Trump, and third party nominees Gary Johnson and Jill Stein throughout the afternoon.
Brandi Lamb, 27, came to the Fayette County Board of Elections after lunch to vote for the first time in her life. Lamb said she is a Trump supporter and it was important for her to get out to vote Tuesday in order to keep Clinton out of the White House.
“She’s a liar,” said Lamb. “I voted for Donald Trump. I like that he’s outspoken and says what he thinks.”
Lamb said she had thought Trump would win Ohio in the election.
“It’s probably all rigged anyways,” Lamb said. “This is my first time voting.”
Her 33-year-old boyfriend had never voted before, either, and was excited to cast his first vote in a presidential election. He voted for Trump as well and they both said it’s a pretty big deal.
“After watching the debates and everything, we wanted to vote,” said Lamb.
Wilbur Lee was at the Fayette County Board of Elections to cast his vote but said he didn’t really like either candidate.
“But I’m voting for Hillary. Hillary, I think she would do a better job, she’s a woman too, so that’s a good thing,” said Lee. “It would be the first time in history to have a woman president, and she’s been in there as secretary of state and her husband was in there, she’s got a lot of experience in the White House so I think she would be a better choice.”
Lee said he didn’t really follow Trump over the years and didn’t understand why he was running. “He looks like a clown to me. He’s got that hair thing. I don’t even know why he’s doing this. I don’t really know anything about him, president-wise, but Hillary, she’s got that experience.”
David Ault, 54, and Robin Ault, 53, also didn’t like either Clinton or Trump but both said they voted for Trump because of “our healthcare and our national security, things like that.”
Both said they think Clinton is a liar.
“I don’t think the American people are ready for a woman president,” said Robin.
Brenda Arledge went to vote for a third party candidate “against my better judgment,” the 55-year-old said.
“I didn’t want to go third party. I vote every year. Republican,” said Arledge, who said Trump is arrogant and that she doesn’t like the stuff he said about women. But she also didn’t like Clinton.
Kevin Paisley also went third party because, he said, both of the main party candidates are too polarized.
“I didn’t vote for either of the main parties. I know one of them is going to win, but I just want my vote to go third party, and hopefully there will be a shift. I think it’s time for change.”
Reach Ashley at the Record-Herald (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @ashbunton