Donald J. Trump is now the President-Elect. He stunned the world and proved nearly every national poll wrong.
The election started with early success for Trump as he claimed Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia considering these states have rarely faltered in their support for Republicans. Hillary Clinton took Indiana, Maryland and Vermont. All seemed to go as planned for both sides.
Florida has been a battleground through many elections and their 29 electoral votes make it a nice pillow for whichever side it would choose. Analysts believed that if Trump had any hope of winning the election, then he would need the state’s votes.
As the votes were counted, Clinton supporters were sure counties in the southeast would continue to squeeze out Democratic votes. However, they never came and Trump won Florida by a mere 1.38 percent.
Faith was hardly shaken in the Hillary campaign. The Southeast littoral area of the United States, which has pushed President Barack Obama through two successful elections, was euphemistically called Hillary’s “firewall,” as NBC reports. This “firewall” was cooled, then broken. One by one, they fell to an increasingly victorious Donald Trump.
As the early hours of the morning began ticking by and the states kept swinging in Trump’s favor, it became clear that Clinton’s margin of victory was shrinking.
The remaining states included Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Nevada. If Trump won Pennsylvania, then it would push him over the magic number of 270 electoral votes. Pennsylvania, though, hadn’t voted Republican in the Electoral College since 1988 for George H.W. Bush. However, once Philadelphia failed to turn out in the numbers expected, the victor was clear.
Mike Pence, now Vice President-Elect, walked triumphantly into the New York Hilton Midtown early Wednesday morning proclaiming, “this is a historic night, the American people have spoken and the American people their new champion.” As his family gathered around him, he thanked those who had helped him along the way and proudly announced President-Elect Donald Trump.
Trump took the stage and promptly announced that Clinton had called and had given her congratulations. Humbly, he announced, “She congratulated us. It’s about us. On our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign.”
His speech emphasized unity within America after what many said was a contrary election.
“For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country,” said Trump.
Donald J. Trump is expected to be inaugurated as president Friday, January 20, 2017.