The most anticipated, tumultuous and unprecedented election in U.S. history has come to an end: Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States.
America held its breath as the results began trickling Tuesday afternoon. As polls began to close on the east coast, Trump’s lead and possibility of election increased.
The Republican nominee was carried to victory mostly by white voters who made up 70 percent of the electorate. This demographic was the only racial/ethnic group with a majority vote for Trump. Trump’s promise to “Make America Great Again” also won the votes of those living in crucial “battleground” states: Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
As Trump supporters celebrated the results throughout the night and early morning, supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton were left in shock and disarray as they watched her chance of election diminish by the minute.
“I definitely did not think he was going to get this far. A year ago, there was not even a remote possibility of him becoming the nominee, and now, he’s the president of the United States,” said Diana Rodriguez, a supporter of the Clinton campaign. “As I watched the results come in, I began to realize that Clinton was not going to win. She lost states that were supposed to be a ‘for sure’ win; she lost miserably.”
Clinton won the popular vote by 1 percent, but the electoral vote pushed Trump to the presidency.
Since the announcement of his presidential bid, everyone underestimated Donald Trump, but his victory this morning proved America’s dissatisfaction the current political system and government in place.
Trump, whose campaign raised less than half of the funds Clinton’s campaign raised and ran less than a fraction of ads in comparison, pulled off a stunning victory.
The national exit poll showed Clinton ran well among white-collar whites, in states like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington. Trump beat Clinton among white voters without a college education by enormous margins.
While Clinton won the majority of votes among minority groups in the country, her support was always lower than President Barack Obama’s during the 2012 election. Clinton’s win of 88 percent of the black vote was lower compared to Obama’s 93 percent. Among Hispanics, Clinton received 65 percent of their support, 6 points lower than President Obama had received.
Trump’s success among independent voters put him over the Democratic nominee, winning him 47 percent of the independent vote, compared to Clinton’s 42 percent. The rest of the independent vote went to Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein.
After the Trump attained more than the 270 electoral votes needed to win, he addressed supporters early today.
“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.” said the newly elected president.
Trump is set to take the oath of office on January 20th, shocking not only the United States, but the rest of the world. As he prepares to take office, a new question arises: What comes next?
“We have to accept what happened. Now we have to move forward as a country-united,” said student Marissa Gutierrez. “I still have hope for America. Who knows? Trump might surprise us.”
By Laura Romero