Trump realigned Pennsylvania voting patterns in victory

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the Republican Hindu Coalition, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in Edison, N.J. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump won Pennsylvania by turning around some conventional voting patterns in the battleground state.

In doing so, he became the first Republican presidential candidate to win the state since 1988.

Trump’s 49 percent to 48 percent victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton was narrow.

In large part, Clinton’s margins came from Philadelphia, three suburban counties and Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh. That roughly 740,000-vote margin was larger than President Barack Obama’s in 2012, and normally would be enough for a Democrat to win the state.

But Trump realigned Pennsylvania’s electorate.

He drove up massive margins in much of the rest of Pennsylvania, besting Republican Mitt Romney’s 2012 margins just about everywhere else. Trump even scored impressive tallies in counties that traditionally favor Democrats.

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