Kentucky Election Results Live: Donald Trump scores win over Hillary Clinton

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has won the state of Kentucky, according to early election results.

Voters in the Bluegrass State have picked the GOP candidate in the past four elections, according to Ballotpedia. In 2012, Republican nominee Mitt Romney won the state with 60.5% of the vote.  

Kentucky has become increasingly conservative in recent years. "We have no minorities here," Democratic political consultant Danny Briscoe told the Courier-Journal. "It was 7% black last time I looked. ... There is not gay or Jewish populations outside of Louisville and Lexington. It's Southern Baptist, white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant. There's nothing wrong with that, it's just how it is."

Trump maintained a strong lead in Kentucky throughout the campaign. An Ipsos poll conducted from Oct. 7 to Oct. 27 put Trump ahead of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by 21 percentage points.

FiveThirtyEight gave Trump a 99.6% chance of winning Kentucky.

Kentucky has eight Electoral College votes.