Hillary Clinton’s surprise loss to President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday was matched by her equally surprising win in Orange County, the first time in 80 years a Democratic presidential candidate has captured  a majority of the county’s votes.

With just 43 of the county’s 1,668 precincts left to count, the Registrar of Voter reported Clinton led Trump 49.8 percent to 44.9 percent of the 737,018 votes cast.

Statewide, Clinton bested Trump 60.5 percent to 34.3 percent with more than two-thirds of precincts reporting.

But it was Orange County that was the surprise. The last time a Democratic candidate for president won a majority of the county’s votes was in 1936 when Franklin D. Roosevelt beat the Republican candidate, Kansas Gov. Alf Landon.

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