Voter turnout in Allegheny County was higher in 2016 than in 2008 or 2012

It didn’t matter.

Voters line up at Epiphany Catholic Church, Downtown.

Voters line up at Epiphany Catholic Church, Downtown.

Jasmine Goldband / The Incline
Sarah Anne Hughes

Allegheny County saw higher voter turnout in 2016 than in 2008 and in 2012, according to preliminary numbers.

A majority of those voters — more than 56 percent — cast ballots for Hillary Clinton. But it wasn’t enough to stop Donald Trump from winning the state.

Of 924,506 registered voters, 653,184 cast ballots, according to unofficial information from the county.

That’s 70.65 percent of registered voters, topping turnout in 2008 — 68.84 percent — and 2012 — 67.83 percent.

Surrounding counties overwhelmingly went for Trump, Billy Penn noted.

Obama didn’t win the counties outside Pittsburgh in 2012. But Clinton was crushed there. Look at Greene County, for example, which went 58 percent to 40 percent in favor of Romney in 2012. This year? It went 69 percent to 27 percent in favor of Trump.

Similarly, Fayette County elected Romney by eight points in 2012, but Trump cleaned up there and took the county by 30 points. He also majorly increased margins in Washington and Somerset counties.

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