Election drums up interesting results
Election Day this year was held on Tuesday, November 8th and citizens 18 or older got to elect the 45th president of the United States by choosing between Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson, or Jill Stein. Voters in many cities and states also had the chance to elect mayors, governors, and senators. People in Hilliard also voted on Issue 58, a levy that, if passed, would provide more funding for Hilliard City Schools.
Although there were four presidential candidates to vote for, the battle was mainly between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. All of the polls had Hillary emerging victorious by a margin of around 3%, but if anything can be learned from this election, it’s that polls cannot be trusted. Trump lost the popular vote by a mere 1%, but won the electoral vote with 279 votes, with 270 being required to win. On top of having a Republican president, the Republicans also won the majority of the House and Senate.
The inaccuracy of the polls had a lot of people wondering who the silent Trump vote was, which seems to have been white women. The New York Times reported that 58% of white women voted for Trump, despite being projected to vote for Clinton.
The most hardly fought battles, as usual, were in swing states, with the most focus being placed on Florida. Everyone knew that Trump wouldn’t be able to win the presidency without winning Florida. Trump was ahead in Florida most of the time, and Clinton reduced his lead to only 1%, although Trump still ended up receiving the 29 electoral votes. Out of all the swing states, Clinton only won four out of the available eleven.
Clinton conceded the election to Trump around 2:30 am ET when it became clear she no longer had a chance of becoming the 45th president of the United States. It was around that time that Trump gave his victory speech while his family was present.
According to Business Insider, 56% of people voted this year, which is 4.7% more than in 2012. Despite this, many people felt disenfranchised and badly represented by the Republican and Democratic candidates, and proof of this can be seen in the fact that in 14 states, more people voted in the senate races than the actual presidential election.
Besides the president being voted on, people also voted in local and statewide elections. Among those elected there were lots of women who made history, as listed by The Telegraph. Kamala Harris is the first black woman to be in the US Senate since 1999, first women elected as California attorney general, and also the first Indian-American Senator. Ilhan Omar became the first ever Somali-American legislature when she was elected as Minnesota State Representative. In Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto was elected as the first Latina senator in the US.
Kate Brown from Oregon was elected as the first openly LGBT governor in the history of the US, and in the 1980s she faced losing her job as a lawyer because she was in a relationship with another woman, which helped influence her decision to work in the government.
“I vowed I would do everything in my power to make sure that no one — no one in this state — would have to face that level of fear or face that level of discrimination,” Brown explained in her victory speech.
All throughout the day of November 9th, people from all walks of life took to the streets to protest Donald Trump, and #NotMyPresident began trending on Twitter. In New York City, protesters marched through the streets of Union Square all the way up to Trump Tower, chanting “Hey ho Donald Trump has got to go.” Similar chants could be heard outside of Trump Tower in Chicago. Students of University of Texas at Austin took to the streets to protest Trump and white supremacy, instead chanting “Say it loud, say it clear: immigrants are welcome here”.
If the 2016 election has proved anything, it’s that despite many being angry and fearful, others remain hopeful for the future, and remember that they have the power to change the government for the better.