Businessman Donald Trump became president-elect of the United States on Nov. 8, collecting 306 electoral votes to defeat Hillary Clinton, who earned 232. When Trump takes office Jan. 20, he will become the first United States president without any government or military experience, and the first without prior political experience since Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Trump performed particularly well in Beaufort County, collecting 42,922 votes compared to Clinton’s 32,138. Voter turnout was 61 percent, behind the 2012 turnout of 68 percent, but still well ahead of most local presidential elections. Long lines were reported at several Hilton Head Island and Bluffton polling locations, with some waiting several hours to cast their votes. In addition to Trump, Beaufort County voters favored Republican candidates in other races, including Tim Scott (U.S. Senate, 63 percent), Mark Sanford (U.S. House of Representatives District 1, 61 percent), Bill Herbkersman (state House of Representatives District 118, 89 percent) and Shannon Erickson (state House of Representatives District 124, 66 percent).