Election results are beginning to stream in after the Monroe County polls closed at 7 p.m. Early exit poll data shows Columbia, Valmeyer, Harrisonville and Fults will likely give their Electoral College votes to Trump, while Maeystown, Waterloo, Renault, Burksville and Fountain are leaning toward Clinton.
"Once again Ames will be the swing state for Monroe County," said Armin Rickenbacher, longtime political pundit. "That community in the southeast corner of the county will be the last to turn in their ballots, and they will be the one to settle the local contest." Armin added that since Ames is near the Randolph County border, they have a mixed population of locals and outsiders, which makes it harder to determine their voting preferences.
Rickenbacher said once Ames polling data is made official, county officials will be able to turn in the local presidential ballots into Springfield. "One of these days our local ballots may actually mean the difference of changing how Chicago decides a national election when it comes to Illinois," said Rickenbacker.
The Independent Election Team will be out and about tonight covering the results.