Thousands in Cuyahoga County opted against voting Trump or Clinton

CLEVELAND-- There were thousands in Cuyahoga County who didn't chose between major party candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, the FOX 8 I-Team found.

Cuyahoga County remained true to its political history supporting Democrat Clinton by a two-to-one margin on Tuesday. The former Secretary of State earned nearly 118,000 votes in the city of Cleveland itself, where Trump got no votes at all in one of the city's precincts. The Republican presidential candidate also got only one vote in four other precincts in the city.

Therese Pohorence has worked the polls for many years, and she said she’s never seen so many voters become so torn and get so emotional. She said she saw a number of voters on Cleveland’s west side vote for president and no other candidates.

"Some people were actually tearing up and they were crying. They had tears coming down their cheeks because they were so afraid they would vote for the wrong person and mess up the United States," Pohorence said.

Meantime, the I-Team did some digging. We found astonishing numbers of voters who went into the polls and didn’t vote for president at all. In Cuyahoga County, more than 6,500 voters filled out ballots, but didn’t vote for president. That’s almost twice as many as we saw do that in 2012.

Another 6,000 voters in Cuyahoga County wrote in the names of candidates with no chance of winning in the presidential election. That was more than six times the number we saw do that back in 2012.

“It's like fasten your seatbelts because everyone, everyone, no matter who you voted for is concerned what's gonna happen next," Pohorence said.

Voters in East Cleveland supported Clinton with 5,825 votes to only 145 for Trump. In the more affluent community of Beachwood, Clinton also won by a large margin.

In Westlake, the numbers the shift with Trump winning by a margin of only 151 votes out of more than 17,000 that were cast.

Many smaller communities with only one precinct also favored the Republican.  Along the Route 82 corridor, including the cities of Brecksville, Broadview Heights, North Royalton and Strongsville, voters convincingly sided with Trump.