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Here Are All the Cars With the Vanity Plates HILLARY and TRUMP Across the Country

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author photo by Doug DeMuro October 2016

Over the past year, I've watched many of my colleagues get into political fights with many of my other colleagues, and I've had an epiphany: Nobody really cares what an auto journalist thinks about politics. So I've steered clear of this whole election thing, although I have consumed many bowls of Frosted Mini Wheats while watching the debates.

And then it occurred to me: I must know which candidate would win if the race was based on vanity plates.

So I figured out which cars have the vanity plates TRUMP and HILLARY in all 50 states. I tried to do TRUMP and CLINTON, but CLINTON simply isn't registered to enough vehicles across the U.S. to be interesting. Meanwhile, DONALD is just too ambiguous -- it had to be TRUMP.

And so, the list is below. Note that in states that only allow six characters, I substituted HILARY for HILLARY. Also, a vanity plate that doesn't appear on this list isn't necessarily unused -- it could just be registered to an older car without a 17-digit VIN. In all, HILLARY returns in 27 states, while TRUMP returns in 26 states (neither returns in D.C.), and they overlap in 14 states.

So, who would win if the election were based on vanity plates?

There are head-to-head matchups in 14 states. TRUMP has a clear victory in four: Maryland (2012 Lexus IS 250 versus 2011 Toyota RAV4), Nebraska (2009 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 versus 2006 Mazda3), Nevada (2015 Honda Civic versus 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser) and Texas (2007 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe versus 2009 Mercedes-Benz C300). Meanwhile, HILLARY has a clear victory in only two: Iowa (2012 Kia Soul versus 1995 Ford Windstar) and New Hampshire (2004 Saturn Vue versus 2002 Ford Escape). The rest are fairly even matches.

What about the states where they don't square off? This, too, appears to be a Trump victory. Although Hillary's 1996 Ford Bronco in California is encouraging, the most exciting car to bear a HILLARY plate is Washington's 2016 MINI Cooper S. Meanwhile, TRUMP is on a Mercedes GLE450 Coupe in Florida, a 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STI in Alaska, the aforementioned Challenger SRT-8 and 911 Carrera S in Nebraska and Texas, respectively, a 2013 Volkswagen GTI in Oregon and perhaps the best one: a 2001 Bentley Arnage in Tennessee.

Here's the full list:

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