PRESTONSBURG – Floyd Countians showed their support for Donald J. Trump and running mate Michael R. Pence in the presidential race on Tuesday. The Republican duo rolled to a convincing victory in Floyd County. Trump defeated Deomocratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had Timothy Michael Cain as her running mate, nearly 3-1.
When the final votes were tallied in Floyd County, Trump had earned nearly 12,000 votes. Clinton claimed just over 4,000 county-wide. Trump defeated Clinton 11,993-4,015 in Floyd County.
Donald J. Trump will be the 45th president of the United States of America.
After rolling in Kentucky, Trump went on to defeat Clinton nationwide, winning the most electoral votes.
Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, campaigned for his wife, Hillary, during a campaign stop in Prestonsburg earlier in the year. Hillary Clinton had drawn criticism from area residents when she said, “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”
Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, referred to the war on coal and the new president during a press conference on Wednesday.
“The war on coal is not a result of any legislation we passed here,” McConnell said on Wednesday. “One of the things I hope the new President, he mentioned this during the campaign, will do is take a look at all of the unilateral action the President took both through executive orders and regulatory overreach of one kind or another, and the coal industry is a perfect example of that—there were a lot of others—and see how much he can undo of the unilateral action the President took all by himself, which would not require us. So I think in looking at why the country has had such slow growth, the most tepid recovery after a deep recession since World War II, overregulation is the principal reason why I’m pretty confident the President did not have one year of 3 percent growth.
“You saw a whole lot of people who voted for the new president yesterday frustrated – they might not have put it this way, but the lack of growth is the reason for lack of opportunity and jobs. We’ve got to get this economy going again. Take our foot off the brake and put it on the accelerator. Much of that can be done by the president alone, because much of the problem has been created by this president alone. So we’ll be working with the administration to make suggestions about what kind of unilateral action he can take to undo some of this regulatory overreach which has slowed the economy so much.”
Complete election totals will appear in the Wednesday, Nov. 16 edition of The Times.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.