Tuesday, November 8th marked Election Day, ending this very important Presidential race. Many other political positions were elected as well. Over the past three days, a lot has occurred. Here is a breakdown of the 2016 Election Day Results in chronological order.
The election started as usual, with a few small towns in New Hampshire casting their votes. Donald Trump ended up winning the majority in those towns. It progressed from there, with each state, slowly bringing in more votes. Hillary Clinton was leading in most of the states at this point. Then, we were down to 10 swing states. Trump led in 6, Clinton in 4. Alaska was still kept neutral. Pennsylvania seemed to be the biggest state left, and being a swing state, it was a crucial one. This state would be Clinton’s last hope, or Trump’s victory. Pennsylvania was believed to be one of Clinton’s, until Trump got an edge. By the time midnight hit, everything was leaning Republican. The Senate, House of Representatives, the governors, and of course, the coveted title of the 45th President of the United States of America. As Trump’s numbers flipped, the swing state of Pennsylvania moved in his favor. This meant that if kept it, he would win the 2016 election. So, with only 2,000 PA voters between Trump and Hillary and the white house, it was becoming a close call. Besides PA, Michigan and Wisconsin were up for grabs. The reason that these two states are important is because if Trump were to win both of them, then he would have EXACTLY enough votes to be president. By 12:30pm, it was not looking good for Clinton. Outside of the Presidential Race, it seemed that the PA Senate is an equally interesting election. Where Katie McGinty held most of the voters, in a last minute twist, Pat Toomey fell in the lead.
By November 9th, the Senate and the House of Representatives had all been elected a Republican majority. Donald Trump won the majority of Electoral College votes, thus, he was declared the President-elect. However, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, though numbers remain very close. Nonetheless, Clinton conceded the race to Trump early Wednesday morning. The fact Clinton won the popular vote has sparked debate and dissatisfaction from a portion of the American people. Protests were held in major cities such a Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and more. The protests were based around the “Not My President” movement, which began trending soon after the election results were released. Majority of these protests were quite peaceful. Some protests included burning the American flag, which received much attention and backlash. With the onset of these protests, tensions rose between many conservatives and liberals throughout the country. Social media exploded, both sides expressing their opinions on not only the election but on the protests as well.
Today, President Obama met with Donald Trump at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama met with Melania Trump, as well. The meeting was behind closed doors in the Oval Office. This continued the tradition of United States Presidents meeting with their successors after the election. In addition to this, protests continued throughout the country. Images have also surfaced of racist and homophobic graffiti etched across various areas in America, presumably in opposition to the protests. Many of these messages were also in support of Trump, saying things such as: “Make America White Again.” Tensions continue to rise through the nation as these two opposing sides continue to argue over the results of the election.
Say what you will, but this is one election that nobody will forget.
Article by Aaron Finkle, Kylie Miller, and Mia Zappacosta.