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            Trump received a higher percentage of votes in Alabama in 2020 than 4 years ago

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            Voters wait to cast ballots in a line that wrapped around the building at West Huntsville Church of Christ on Nov. 3, 2020. (Paul Gattis | pgattis@al.com)

            Alabama voters demonstrated higher enthusiasm for the presidential election in 2020 than four years ago and, by extension, their backing of President Trump.

            And that’s even as thousands of Alabama voters went to the polls or submitted an absentee ballot and chose not to vote in the presidential race.

            According to the unofficial results from the Alabama Secretary of State’s office, there were 9,212 ballots cast in the election that did not include a vote for president.

            But a breakdown of the numbers reveals that Trump received a higher percentage of votes in Alabama in 2020 than four years ago, a higher number of votes and a lower percentage of those choosing not to vote in the presidential race.

            So as the count continues nationwide to determine who won the presidency, there is no ambiguity in Alabama. The 62.34 percent of the vote that Trump received in the state was the eighth highest in the country. And the eight states who supported Trump with a higher percentage of the vote were all smaller than Alabama.

            That means the 1.424 million votes Trump received in Alabama were more than each of those eight states with higher percentages.

            Of course, perspective matters. Joe Biden also got a higher percentage of votes and a higher number of votes in Alabama this year than Hillary Clinton did in 2016.

            And that puts a spotlight on the decline in undervotes in the presidential race. Four years ago, 13,601 voters in Alabama cast ballots in the November general election but did not mark a candidate for president.

            That number declined by more than 4,000 ballots this year.

            Still the 9,212 voters who didn’t vote in the presidential race this year is roughly the population of Alabama cities such as Fultondale or Spanish Fort.