Republican Donald J. Trump has won the election for Presidency of the United States in what comes as a massive shock to many media outlets, pollsters and political experts who foresaw an easy victory for Democrat Hillary Clinton.
A week before most media outlets were declaring Clinton an easy winner going into the election, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight warned that the Democrat was “one state away” from losing. But she was far more than that once the votes were counted.
Trump won 279 electoral votes to Clinton’s 218, taking key battleground states like Florida and Ohio. He also took states that were traditionally blue, like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana.
Indiana, of course, comes as no surprise, as it’s the home state of Vice President-elect Mike Pence. But states like Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania looked to have been pushed off-balance from their usual voting habits by libertarian Gary Johnson, who received over three percent in many of those key states.
Clinton did not reportedly want to concede the election at first — something Trump was criticized for during the campaign for having suggested he would do himself — but she ultimately called with congratulations.
This morning, Trump went on television to deliver his victory speech, saying that unity in the country was necessary even among those who didn’t support him during the election. He said he would reach out to them to make that happen.
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“We will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us,” he said. “We will deal fairly with everyone. We will seek common ground, partnership not conflict.”
“America will no longer settle for anything less than the best,” he continued. “We must reclaim our destiny.”
What makes Trump’s presidency so potentially influential is that the GOP also won the majority of the Senate with 51 seats to 47 as well as the House of Representatives — at 236 to 191 — meaning legislation he proposes may very well pass.