Elliott County in Eastern Kentucky, which has voted for a Democrat for president in every election for 144 years, overwhelmingly went for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, by a vote of 2,000 to 740.
The county remains overwhelmingly Democratic in its registration, with 4,580 registered Democrats and 429 registered Republicans, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.
This week, CNN visited Elliott County, which is among the poorest in the country with a staggering poverty rate of over 34% and which has one of the highest percentages of people in the nation who rely on federal benefit programs.
CNN sat down with one Democratic voter who for the first time in his life, cast a vote for a Republican presidential candiate, but is now regretting his decision to back then-candidate Donald Trump, who swore he’d never touch Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
Trump’s new budget, released last Tuesday, recommends $4.1 trillion in spending cuts to federal assistance programs like food stamps and Medicaid, social services the Easterling family depends on to survive while jobs are scarce.
“I mean, I felt just like I was — just like he played me for a fool,” he said. “I mean, I kind of took it personal.”
When asked if he would recast his vote, he said “without a doubt” he’d vote for Hillary Clinton if he had the chance to do it again.
When CNN asked another Trump voter about Trump’s proposed cuts to federal safety net programs, he had just two words for his fellow neighbors: “Tough luck.”
Watch the video below:
Trump voters in Kentucky give mixed reviews: Are they losing faith or standing by their man? https://t.co/nqffG970ic
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 27, 2017