A New Direction

How Trump won America

by Quinn Storm, News Editor

Donald Trump at a podium with spread hands.

Donald Trump wins the 2016 election with a victory of 276 electoral votes over opponent Hillary Clinton. (Image from USpresidentialelectionnews.com)

In an astounding victory, Donald Trump received 276 electoral votes, whereas Clinton received 218, to win the election. These votes tell a different story than the popular vote, however; Clinton and Trump each received 48 percent of the popular vote, with only a small difference. This is similar to the 2000 election season of Al Gore vs George W. Bush- Gore won the popular vote but Bush won the presidency because of the Electoral College.

Certain imperative states in this election included Florida, Michigan and Ohio, both of which are swing states. It has been said in many elections, including this one that winning Florida is imperative to winning. Over the past 10 elections, with the exception of the 1992 election, Florida has voted consistently with the person who will win the Presidency. This is not very coincidental since Florida’s 29 electoral votes give the winning candidate a pretty large lead. Ohio, without any exceptions, has followed the same voting pattern as Florida- every candidate they have voted for in recent years has won the election. Other states with large amounts of electoral votes such as Texas, California and New York are somewhat predictable in their voting patterns and do not pose as much of a surprise.

Along with Trump’s win of the White House, the U.S Senate and House of Representatives were both declared Republican as there are 51 republicans in the Senate, compared to 47 democrats, and 236 republicans in the house, compared to 191 democrats. This doesn’t necessarily reflect directly on the way the presidency will run for Trump, but one can infer that there will not be as much arguing of sides as if the House or Senate were democratic and didn’t agree on the stances with the president.

Trump will work to toughen immigration laws, specifically on Mexican immigrants and refugees from war ridden countries, toughen abortion laws so that it is only available in a time of rape, incest and a mother’s life in danger, protect the Second Amendment, ending the nuclear deal with Iran, reduce taxes, pushing the issue of same-sex marriage onto the states, repealing “Obamacare”, reform tax codes to produce more jobs, restore the Patriot Act, enhance education opportunities, cleaning up the water for consuming, reduce deficit and spending, preserve Medicare, veteran protection and use clean energy for the economic benefit of America.

Whether or not one believes the outcome of the election is the best possible, the reality is that Friday, Jan. 20 President Trump will be inaugurated into the White House. In hopes of a better tomorrow, Trump works to “Make America Great Again!”