Last night, Donald J. Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States of America in what is being described by many as the most shocking upset in the history of modern presidential elections.
Trump exceeded the 270 electoral college votes needed to secure the Presidency at around 2:30 am, when Wisconsin was called for the Republican candidate. It was the first time the state voted for a Republican candidate since 1984. Trump amassed 276 total electoral votes to 218 for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 9, 2016
The conventional wisdom heading into election day was the that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton held a tight, but secure lead according to a host of national polls, and a decided advantage in crucial battleground states that created a clear path to 270 electoral college votes needed to win the presidency.
Many predicted an early night, and a Democratic victory shortly after the closing of the East coast polls, including battleground states of Florida, and North Carolina. The early state calls never came for Clinton, and as the evening drew on, it became clear that the momentum was with the Republican candidate.
Trump swept through the battleground states of North Carolina, Florida, and Ohio, and and by 11 pm the New York Times listed the odds of a Trump victory at 95%. The same predictor gave him a 15% chance to win when the day began. It had become clear the presidency was within his grasp in what was slowly revealing itself as an electoral tsunami fueled by the working class white vote.
The election also proved to be a referendum on the cottage industry of predictive polling, which was largely inaccurate.
— Mark F. Bonner (@markfbonner) November 9, 2016
After Wisconsin fell into the Trump column, Clinton called to concede the race. The president-elect gave his victory speech before a frenzied crowd of supporters.
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) November 9, 2016
Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States. A shocking election night upset is the final act of the most unbelievable presidential campaign in the modern political history. It was ugly, but it’s still democracy.