By: Julia Recine
After one of the most turbulent and historic election seasons, Donald Trump has come out on top and will be christened the 45th President of the United States on Jan. 20.
The ballot counts were virtually the same up until 9 p.m. eastern time. The major swing states in this election were Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and with much surprise, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Throughout the evening, Florida was the closest called state. At 11:30 p.m. Trump was declared the winner of Florida, landing him 29 electoral votes and essentially cinching the presidency.
Trump’s main supporters in the polls were the white working-class voters across the country.
Even in the wee hours of the morning, votes were still being tallied. In spite of this, The New York Times may have “jumped the gun” when they called Trump the victor of Pennsylvania at 1:50 a.m.
The Republicans kept their majority on Capitol Hill, winning both the House and Senate.
Afterwards, Trump supporters at his headquarters transformed their emotion from uneasiness to restored vigor. On the flipside, originally overly confident Clinton expecting to see their candidate win experienced a shared, somber period of disappointment.
Notably, John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign manager and former Chief of Staff to her husband, announced on Live Television that she would not make an appearance at the Javits Center in New York City after the widespread media began to officially report her loss.
Trump addressed his supporters at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, saying, “While the campaign is over, our work on this movement is just beginning.”
Trump gained the highest Evangelical Christian vote in decades, a surprise to most. Pundits stated this was one of the key factors that contributed to his victory.
Naturally, social media was flooded with tweets both in support of Trump and bashing his victory. Several A-List celebrities and ordinary citizens threatened to leave the country. The stock market and Dow Jones began to dip as much as 800 points while Trump’s leading margin progressed.
Trump’s “drain the swamp” mentality drove his campaign home, winning with 274 electoral votes over Clinton’s 218 votes. However, it is certainly possible for Clinton to have won the popular vote by a slim margin, as the votes are still being counted.