After an incredibly close race in the Electoral College, Donald Trump emerged victoriously as the 45th President of the United States. Originally predicted to lose according to all of the news outlets and political science analysts, including Larry Sabato (one of the foremost experts on political analysis), Trump managed to beat Clinton out for the electoral votes in a majority of the swing states. Now, the Republican Party has control over the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate of the United States.
Winning 279 votes, nine over the majority requirement of 270 electoral votes in order to gain the presidency (Clinton won 228), Trump exceeded expectations when he was awarded a majority of the swing states, including Pennsylvania and Florida, which both played significant roles in the president-elect’s triumph. By the end of the night, Trump had won the majority from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Interestingly enough, the Associated Press states that “Clinton won more counties where less than 50% of the population is white.”
Some have disputed his win, saying that it was not fair, since he did not acquire the majority of the popular votes, with 59,418,103 to Clinton’s 59,623,049. According to Andrew Griffin of The Independent, “all that matters is the number and size of the states that each candidate has a majority in, rather than the size of that overall majority.” This has only happened a few times over the course of American history, the most recent being the Election of 2000, where Al Gore earned more popular votes than George W. Bush and still lost.”
The election of Trump leaves many not knowing what to expect, with some of his conflicting views and controversial ideas. He hopes for the United States to “come together as one united people” when he is inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017.