Hillary Clinton Wins Virginia

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens as vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. speaks during a campaign event at the Taylor Allderdice High School, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Fox News, CNN, and all the major networks have called Virginia for Hillary Clinton.

As of 11:00 pm eastern, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in Virginia by 51,000 votes, with 96 percent of the precincts reporting.

With 2,445 out of 2,559 precincts reporting, Clinton has 1,674,612 votes, or 47.8 percent, and Trump has 1,623,526 votes, or 46.4 percent, according to the Virginia Department of Elections website.

Clinton now adds the state’s 13 Electoral College votes to her column.

On Election Day morning, Real Clear Politics (RCP) listed the state as a tossup, though Hillary Clinton led the RCP average of polls by 5 percent, with 47.2 percent compared to Trump’s 42.2 percent.

In its “no tossup” Electoral College map as of Election Day morning, RCP gave Virginia’s 13 Electoral College votes to Hillary Clinton.

270 Electoral College votes are required to win the presidency.

In 2012, President Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, defeated Republican nominee Mitt Romney by a 51.1 percent to 47.2 percent margin. Obama had 1,971,820 votes, while Romney had 1,822,522 votes. Obama’s margin over Romney was 149,298 votes, or 3.9 percent of the 3,858,043 votes cast for president in Virginia.

Seventy-one percent of the state’s 5.4 million registered voters turned out to vote in 2012.

As of October 31, 2016, there were 5.6 million registered voters in Virginia.

The current margin of victory for Clinton, 1.4 percent, is beyond the 1 percent standard below which the losing candidate can ask for a recount.

“In Virginia, there are no automatic recounts. Only an apparent losing candidate can ask for a recount, and only if the difference between the apparent winning candidate and that apparent losing candidates is not more than one percent (1%) of the total votes cast for those two candidates,” according to the Virginia Department of Elections website.