Coming into Election Day last November, Hillary Clinton seemed poised to capture the critical state of Florida, given the strength of early voting turnout. The advent of increased early voting -- more than a third of all votes cast -- has meant that early vote numbers are often used to try and predict the eventual outcome of the race. In Nevada, for example, journalist Jon Ralston saw the early vote numbers and figured there was no way Clinton could lose. She didn't. In Florida, the pattern appeared to be similar: So many Democrats had turned out early that it was hard to see how Donald Trump could make up the difference.

There are differences in who comes out to vote early and who votes on Election Day. Georgia is one of several states that provides data on turnout by when the vote was cast: Early, either in-person or by absentee ballot, or on the day of the election itself. This year, Trump won the in-person early vote by 4.6 points and the mail-in vote by 2.1. On Election Day, though, he won by 6.5 points.

Observers of early voting often see a slight advantage for Democrats in the process, in part because Democrats tend to have stronger turnout operations. That seemed to hold in Georgia -- and was the asterisk that accompanied those strong numbers for Clinton in Florida before Election Day.

But on Election Day, as the University of Florida's Daniel Smith figured out when he looked at the numbers, Trump completely obliterated Clinton. The former secretary of state won in-person voting by nearly 6 points and mail-in ballots by 2. But Trump won on Election Day by almost 12 points.

In North Carolina, another state where Clinton's early voting support looked fairly strong, Election Day was even worse. According to data from the state, Trump won ballots cast on Nov. 8 by almost 16 points.

Clinton came into Election Day in North Carolina with a 78,000-vote advantage. She lost Election Day by more than 250,000.

Nationally, exit polling suggested that those who'd made up their minds about who they supported while in advance of the voting tended to back Trump. The figures in the critical states of North Carolina and Florida, though, suggests that those who actually waited to vote until later voted for the Republican. Had Clinton's vaunted field campaign split the vote with Trump on Election Day itself in those two states, she would have been the 45th president.

At Friday's inauguration, turnout was significantly lower than eight years ago. But if Trump had to pick between heavy turnout on his behalf on Jan. 20 or on Nov. 8, it's safe to assume he'd happily accept the latter.