Trump defied all odds. He was written off in the primaries. He kicked major butt there. Hillary thought she would have this election in the bag. Well, that didn’t happen.
Hillary was the favorite from the media throughout this whole campaign. We all saw it. But Trump, again, defied the odds, taking two key states.
First, North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes were added to Trump’s corner. This may or may not have been surprising.
The one that was shocking was Florida. Their 29 votes gave the business man some much needed help in the race.
Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president Tuesday, an astonishing victory for a celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters’ economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House.
His triumph over Hillary Clinton will end eight years of Democratic dominance of the White House and threatens to undo major achievements of President Barack Obama. He’s pledged to act quickly to repeal Obama’s landmark health care law, revoke the nuclear agreement with Iran and rewrite important trade deals with other countries, particularly Mexico and Canada.
The Republican blasted through Democrats’ longstanding firewall, carrying Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states that hadn’t voted for a GOP presidential candidate since the 1980s. He needed to win nearly all of the competitive battleground states, and he did just that, claiming Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and others.
Global stock markets and U.S. stock futures plunged deeply, reflecting investor alarm over what a Trump presidency might mean for the economy and trade.
A New York real estate developer who lives in a sparking Manhattan high-rise, Trump forged a striking connection with white, working class Americans who feel left behind in a changing economy and diversifying country. He cast immigration, both from Latin America and the Middle East, as the root of the problems plaguing many Americans and taped into fears of terrorism emanating at home and abroad.
Trump will take office with Congress expected to be fully under Republican control. GOP Senate candidates fended off Democratic challengers in key states and appeared poised to maintain the majority. Republicans also maintained their grip on the House.
Senate control means Trump will have great leeway in appointing Supreme Court justices, which could mean a major change to the right that would last for decades.
His final campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, touted the team’s accomplishments as the final results rolled in, writing on Twitter that “rally crowds matter” and “we expanded the map.”
The mood at Clinton’s party grew bleak as the night wore out, with some supporters leaving, others crying and hugging each other. Top campaign aides stopped returning calls and texts, as Clinton and her family hunkered down in a luxury hotel watching the returns.
At 2 a.m., Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta told the crowd to head home for the night. “We’re still counting votes and every vote should count,” he said.
UPDATE: THE POLLS OF SWING STATES THAT LEAD TRUMP TO VICTORY
Of course Florida and North Carolina weren’t the only states that swooped in for Trump. There were quite a few others that sealed the deal for him. Some are quite shocking and were incredibly close.
All polls courtesy of The New York Times.
This one took us by surprise. Wisconsin has been a Blue State for the presidential election since 1988. Do we sense a change in the political air there? Maybe, we’ll find out in four years.
Here is another that came out of left field. They haven’t voted for a Republican since 1992, and they were big Bill supporters.
Ohio has been a true swing state. Voting for Bush in both elections then Obama twice. This one could have gone either way.
This was a nail-biter if we’ve ever seen one. Big Bill fans. Haven’t voted for a Republican since 1992. This was a major victory for sure!