NEW YORK- It’s official folks. Donald J. Trump, the Donald, Trump, whatever you called
him before, will now be known as Mr. President. President-Elect Trump took home the victory as
he defeated the Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton, 279-228, as he announced Secretary
Clinton’s surrender at almost 3 A.M. on Wednesday morning in New York City.
Clinton is just the 5th nominee for President to win the popular vote but lose in terms of
electoral votes (Jackson, Tilden, Cleveland, Gore). Secretary Clinton amassed 59,623,047
votes, surpassing Trump’s total of 59,423,100 votes. Regardless, Trump defeated Clinton
overwhelmingly, winning by 51 electoral votes.
As expected, Trump won the Midwest and the southeast regions, but the big difference
were battleground states such as North Carolina, Florida, Michigan and Ohio. Trump managed
to win all of these states, amassing a total of 78 electoral votes from swing states, votes that
could have gone to either side.
The deciding state, revealing their winner around 2 A.M. was the quaker state,
Pennsylvania. President-Elect Trump needed to win less than 20 electoral votes to secure his
bid to the White House, and did so by winning all 20 electoral votes from Pennsylvania.
Secretary Clinton lost the state by merely 68,000 votes, or by 1.1. percent.
The Republicans are in the White House for the first time in 8 years, and have the
majority in the house and the senate. State leaders agree that Trump faces a much less
daunting task working with a Republican dominated congress, compared to the democratic one
that mass media predicted to be elected.
The issue at hand now, is whether congress will work with President-Elect Trump. Some
believe it will be easier for him to negotiate within his own party, and others argue that Trump is
too radical to work with traditional conservatives in congress. Regardless, this is the first time
since 2007 that the Republicans will have control of both the executive and legislative branches
of Government. We will have to see what unified government will get done for the American
people, the Republicans have 2 years to figure it out.
STN Political Reporter, Ryan James