Politicorner: the election
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That was certainly interesting.
Let’s start with the news everyone probably already knows: Donald Trump is going to be the 45th President of the United States in a stunning upset election. Trump carried all expected Republican states, plus the swing states of Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Iowa, all of which President Obama won in 2008 (Michigan is still processing the vote count). Interestingly enough, Trump actually lost the popular vote, much like George W. Bush lost the popular vote to Al Gore in 2000, but still won the presidency. Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech on Nov. 9, saying her loss hurt, but urged her supporters to “never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.” She also called for unity, telling the crowd to give Trump “an open mind and the chance to lead.”
In retrospect, this shocking upset makes sense. As the polls narrowed, news sites observed that Trump was just a polling error behind Clinton. Like 1948, where Harry S. Truman came out from behind in the polls to defeat Thomas Dewey, Trump managed to pull ahead of Clinton.
Down the ballot, Republicans also managed to keep control of both the US House and Senate. Republicans will have at least 51 seats in the 115th Congress, but lost incumbents in Illinois and New Hampshire. The Louisiana seat is still undecided as no one got a simple majority. Louisiana will have a runoff election for these two candidates on Dec. 10. In the House, Republicans will hold at least 240 seats, well over the 218 majority (There are still undecided races in California’s District 7 and Louisiana’s District 4).
In New Hampshire, national and state results are wildly different. In the capital, New Hampshire is under complete Democratic control; Ann Kuster kept her seat in the District 2 while Carol Shea-Porter took back the District 1 seat. This is another chapter in the six-year back-and-forth battle between Shea-Porter and Frank Guinta. In the Senate, Governor Maggie Hassan narrowly defeated Incumbent Kelly Ayotte by 743 out of 725,496 votes.
The state itself paints a different picture. Republican Chris Sununu overtook Democrat Colin Van Ostern by 2.3 points in the race for governor (perpetuating my belief that the Sununus are the New Hampshire version of the Bushes or Clintons). Republicans will also keep control of the state Senate and House for the next two years.
As the 2016 election draws to a close, we must remember that as divided a nation we are, we are still a nation. We still live together, and we must work together. We have our many, many differences, but our one certain similarity is that we’re all American. Shouldn’t that be enough for us to come together?
So Clinton lost. That doesn’t mean anyone has to violently protest; it kind of takes away from the whole point of “Love trumps hate.” Trump won, and that’s that. No matter what anyone says, he will be our next president.
As for Trump supporters: just because he won does not give anyone the right to spew hateful language and assault people. It’s wrong.
I hope that these events represent just a small portion of the population and that the rest of our country, red and blue, are dealing with this election in a civil manner.
The inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump is set to take place on Jan. 20, 2017, while the new US Congress is set to convene Jan. 3.