History has been made. While approximately 120 million votes cast, America has not elected the first female president. Instead, the country has broken the glass ceiling by selecting the first man with no military or political background to the office of the president. The question is, how?
Swing States: Mr. Trump was able to get 289 electoral votes by flipping a number of states President Obama won in 2008 and 2012, such as Iowa, Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. In fact, Trump won Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan by approximately 150,000-200,000 total votes, according to Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star.
Florida, a state polls and election pundits claimed was going to go blue, was a major loss that spelled out Clinton’s defeat before results from other swing states poured in. According to BNOnews.com, early voting in Florida surpassed the states number of overall presidential votes in the 2000 election.Clinton’s camp thought this would be in her favor but fivethirtyeight.com found that Trump won the 31% of the Latino vote, a much higher margin than predicted and likely a deciding factor.
Florida has voted for the eventual winner in every presidential election since 1992.
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) November 9, 2016
The Black Vote: Here’s the facts before this election is blamed on Black Americans. “Black voters made up 12 percent of the national electorate this year, nearly the same as in 2012. Mrs. Clinton won a broad majority of black voters — 88 percent, compared with 8 percent for Mr. Trump. But Mr. Obama received 93 percent of the African-American vote four years ago,” according to the nytimes.com.
Woke up to the worst news. America you have failed. That disgrace of a man is not my president. Not in this life not in any life.
— Andre (@andrehnevins) November 9, 2016
The Deciding Factor: According to the nytimes.com, “His most significant support came from counties in the industrial Midwest where whites without a college education are the majority.” despite this, Trump can credit his win, in part, to white women. According to exit polls, Mr. Trump only lost white women with college degrees by six points. This number is much closer than it was during the 2012 election, and pundits did not see this coming.
Trump: it’s time for us to come together as a United people. I will be President for all Americans
— Ed Fraser (@frasereC4) November 9, 2016
Congressional Results: The Democrats have only picked up one Senate seat, which means the Republicans still have control, 51-47. The GOP also hold the House majority, 238-193, according to the nytimes.com.
One of the highlights of the night was Howard alumna Kamala Harris winning a senate seat in California. She is the first black female senator to represent California, and the first black female senator since 1999, according to latimes.com.
I intend to fight. I intend to fight against those naysayers who say there is no such thing as climate change.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 9, 2016