BY REMY SEGOVIA
Donald J. Trump was elected the forty-fifth president of the United States on Tuesday, defying pre-election polls and prognosticators. Trump garnered 279 electoral votes in what many analysts are describing as a shocking victory for the brash and unconventional candidate.
Americans chose Trump, a multimillionaire real-estate mogul and former reality television host, who proclaimed himself to be the “law and order” candidate who would “drain the swamp” and shake up Washington. Former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was left with a surprising defeat. Popular news media sites ranging from the New York Times to Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight had given Clinton anywhere from a slight to significant advantage in the weeks and days leading up to the election. But when given the choice between a what some deemed a career politician versus a so-called outsider who presented himself as an anti-establishment candidate, the American people elected Trump.
Trump secured his victory with close wins in nearly all the contested battleground states. He carried Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan, while holding on to traditional Republican strongholds that were once thought up for grabs like Texas and Arizona. Clinton, meanwhile, scored few upsets with only Virginia and New Mexico going blue along with traditional Democratic strongholds on both coasts.
It was a clean sweep for Republicans on Tuesday. They secured a majority 51 seats in the Senate, and, as of 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, held 236 congressional seats with 218 being the magic number for a majority. Republicans will now control all three branches of the federal government and will be able to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court vacated by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia earlier this year. President Obama’s nominee to fill the seat, Merrick Garland, considered by many on both sides of the aisle to be a moderate, has been blocked by Senate Republicans for the past seven months.
Of the twelve governor positions up for grabs, Democrats and Republicans split the field with six apiece.
In his victory speech in the early hours of Nov. 9, Trump said that the nation owed Clinton a “debt of gratitude” for her decades of public service. He also sought to bring nation together after nearly two years of divisive campaigning. “To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation,” Trump said. “I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”
Clinton called Trump to concede the race earlier in the evening, but did not deliver a concession speech. She is expected to address the public on Wednesday.