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Georgia popular vote close; Trump wins in certified results

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Most of metro Atlanta and a couple of coastal counties were bastions of blue, while the majority of the counties in Georgia voted for President-elect Donald Trump in the 2016 General Election. 

That's according to the officially certified results released by Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office on Tuesday.

Douglas, Fulton Cobb, Gwinnett, DeKalb, Rockdale, Newton, Henry and Clayton counties in metro Atlanta all went to the Clinton camp, according to the data.

Altogether, however, Georgia remained a red state, bucking predictions it could have been becoming a battleground, if you're counting counties. The total number of votes for the state showed a less than 200,000 vote margin in favor of the president-elect.

Trump carried 128 of the state's counties. Clinton only won 31.

Just over 215,000 votes separated the Republican and Democratic counties.

Clinton tended to carry population centers (metro Atlanta as mentioned before), while as the rest of the country showed, Trump was able to energize voters in areas outside of cities. 

Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson won no counties but garnered nearly 125,000 votes.

Georgia Popular vote breakdown

Candidate

Total Votes

Trump

2,085,068

Clinton

1,869,683

Johnson

124,733

More than three-quarters of Georgia voters participated

According to the data from the Secretary of State's office, about 4.2 million of Georgia's 5.4 million registered voters cast ballots in the general election.

"I am thrilled to see Georgian’s enthusiasm this cycle,” said Secretary of State Brian Kemp. “Voters turned out in record numbers for the SEC Primary, and that trend has continued all year long.”

The secretary of state's office credits additional avenues allowing voters to register, and the so-called SEC Primary for increasing voter interest.

This was the first year voters were allowed to register 24/7 online, and a text messaging feature brought convenience to Georgia's smartphones.

Voters could register to vote 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the Secretary of State Office’s Online Voter Registration Page (OLVR).

“These new e-government solutions gave easier access for voters to the polls than ever before in Georgia, and they have advanced my goal for Georgia’s elections – making it easy to vote and hard to cheat,” said Kemp.

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