Trump presidential winner in Kansas

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the audience exiting a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Republican Donald Trump has fulfilled expectations that he’d carry Kansas in the presidential election.

The election Tuesday confirmed the state’s status as a GOP stronghold in national elections. The last Democratic presidential nominee to carry the state was Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

The brash New York businessman was always considered likely to pick up the state’s six electoral votes even though Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the state’s GOP caucuses in March and many top GOP officials backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

While lukewarm in their support for Trump, many Kansas Republicans couldn’t stomach voting for Democratic nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Former President Bill Clinton averaged less than 35 percent of the vote in Kansas in his presidential races in 1992 and 1996.