Trump Wins Presidential Election

Alex Vaughn, Writer

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Despite months of polls predicting Hillary Clinton to be far ahead, America elected Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States on November 8, 2016. This campaign defied expectations and conventions at every turn. 

As the early polls closed, Trump began the night with a good lead in electoral votes, contradicting the polls’ predictions. Part of the reason that polls predicted the complete opposite outcome for this election was due to many “silent voters” for Trump that did not voice their support. By the end of the night, after Trump had won key states such as Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, Trump began to have too much of a lead in electoral votes for Former Secretary of State Clinton to catch up.

Trump trailed behind in the popular vote by 600,000 votes but resulted in winning as he gained electoral votes from key states such as Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina in addition to other states he was predicted to win.

After Trump had won in Wisconsin, all major news organizations declared victory for president-elect as the win pushed him over the 270 votes that were necessary in order to win. Since then, people are hesitant for Trump’s upcoming presidency and what it may entail. The billionaire businessman will only be the sixth candidate to win the presidency without ever holding elective office and will be the oldest president to be elected for a first term.

In the early hours of November 9th, Former Secretary of State made a phone call to Trump to concede the election. Shortly after, the president-elect addressed a crowd of supporters, congratulating Clinton and praising her campaign effort saying, “And I congratulated her, and her family, on a very, very, hard-fought campaign. She fought very hard. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country. I mean that very sincerely.” He also called for our nation to unite adding, “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”

 

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