Kentucky has become increasingly conservative in recent years. "We have no minorities here," Democratic political consultant Danny Briscoe told the Courier-Journal. "It was 7% black last time I looked. ... There is not gay or Jewish populations outside of Louisville and Lexington. It's Southern Baptist, white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant. There's nothing wrong with that, it's just how it is."
Trump maintained a strong lead in Kentucky throughout the campaign. An Ipsos poll conducted from Oct. 7 to Oct. 27 put Trump ahead of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by 21 percentage points.
FiveThirtyEight gave Trump a 99.6% chance of winning Kentucky.
Kentucky has eight Electoral College votes.