Presidential election overview

Hunter French |

Alyssa Goroski |

After months of debate and countless hours of watching the votes come in, the 2016 presidential election has finally come to a close, and America has finally come to a conclusion: Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. Trump’s 279 electoral votes topped Hillary Clinton’s 228 by a landslide.

Outlining plans

Trump continued to outline his plans and goals in his victory speech directly following the results. His ideas for the first hundred days include rebuilding the infrastructure of the nation as a whole, providing more benefits for veterans, growing the economy, and improving our diplomatic relationships. Part of his general strategy is to, “call upon the best and brightest to leverage their tremendous talent for the benefit of all.”

Electoral college vote vs. popular vote

There is a lot of controversy surrounding the fact that Trump was elected based on the electoral vote even though Clinton won the popular vote by 202,340 votes. Election by electoral vote has happened four times before, with President George W. Bush being the most recent. Many citizens wonder how this could happen if the majority of Americans voted for Clinton. The explanation lies in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC).

Passed in 2009, the NPVIC is an agreement of almost all states in the US to cast all of their state’s electoral votes to the candidate that wins the popular vote for that state. The amount of electoral votes each state can cast is based on the population of that state. This means that a state can poll almost equal votes for each candidate, but all of that state’s electoral votes will go to the one that wins.  Because of this premise, Trump was able to win the election based on electoral votes.

Wisconsin’s role

Since 1988, Wisconsin has been a Democratic state, casting all of its electoral votes toward the Democratic candidate. In this election, however, Wisconsin voted primarily Republican, offering 1,409,467 popular votes and 10 electoral votes for Trump, marking the first time Wisconsin has been a Republican state in almost 30 years. According to Google’s election coverage, Wisconsin was the state to push Trump past 270 electoral votes and secure his presidency.

Clinton’s concession

After months of battling on opposite ends of the spectrum, Clinton felt the need to end the election season on a good note by saying that she, “congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country.” She even went on to claim, “We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”

Making America great

Overall, the 2016 presidential election was dramatic and eye-catching, but in the end, Trump emerged victorious. His policies are in the process of being developed, and he plans to have many ready to go into effect when he is inducted into office in January of 2017. In the meantime, all Americans can do is trust that Trump will uphold his promise to, “make America great again.”

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