Trump Triumphant

by David Child and Francisco Baiocchi 

It’s Trump. Republican nominee Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States of America. In a year of political upsets, Donald J Trump has pulled off the biggest.  He has secured the 270 Electoral College votes required for victory.

Trump surged to victory following a slow start at the polls, securing decisive victories in the key battleground states of Ohio, Florida and North Carolina. Pundits predicted that Trump needed to carry each of these swing states, which lack clear partisan affiliation from election to election, in order to chart a course to the White House.

Few election observers expected him to achieve this. A number of reputable sources predicted a Clinton win by significant margins. Polling site FiveThirtyEight forecasted her likelihood of victory was 71.4 per cent.

Despite her overall loss, Clinton won the majority of the popular vote, drawing parallels with the defeat of Democratic nominee Al Gore in the 2004 election.

She polled strongly with black, Hispanic and female voters during the campaign, but Trump’s extraordinary resonance with White middle- and lower-income groups carried him to victory on Election Day.

The Republican Party has won its greatest share of the Electoral College vote since 1988 and the election of George Bush Snr, on the back of the Ronald Reagan administration. The party has also retained control of the US House of Representatives and the Senate.

Donald Trump has vowed to ‘make America great again’, a broad mandate that includes sweeping immigration reform and a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Financial markets have already responded negatively, with sharp declines witnessed in indices across the globe.

Secretary Clinton has called Trump to concede defeat.

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