Early Wednesday morning, projections for the 2016 presidential election said that Donald J. Trump was going to win the state of Pennsylvania. Adding the state to the number of electoral votes he needs brings the Republican nominee closer to the White House. Donald J. Trump entered the day of the election as the underdog, with most polls declaring the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton the likely winner. However, Donald J. Trump registered a series of unexpected wins in key battleground states. Right now, victory is within reach for the Republican candidate who could very well be the next president of the United States.
Pennsylvania Votes for the GOP Candidate
The Keystone state has 20 electoral votes in the presidential race. Securing those votes means that Trump has closed off the path for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to the Oval Office. The Clinton campaign was counting on the state of Pennsylvania for their electoral math. But with the 20 electoral votes from Pennsylvania, Donald Trump now holds 264 electoral votes. That’s only 6 electoral votes away from winning the White House.
This was the first time that the Keystone state voted red in a long time. The last time a GOP candidate carried Pennsylvania was in 1988. The win points to how well Trump’s message resonated with white voters. It looks like white voters, those outside urban centers, showed up at the polls in high numbers.
There are still several states that haven’t yet called the result of the election. Those are New Hampshire, Minnesota, Alaska, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
Clinton Campaign Calls Election Too Close to Call
Both Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton were in New York for election night. The Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had a celebration ready at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Meanwhile, Donald J. Trump was at a Hilton hotel also in Manhattan.
Hillary Clinton did not go to the Javits Convention Center. Instead, she stayed at a hotel a mile away from the center. A short while after 2 a.m., Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta came to the Javits Convention Center to address supporters that were still waiting. He passed on the message that Hillary Clinton would not be saying anything yet. The opinion of the Clinton campaign was that some states were still too close to call.
“We can wait a little longer, can’t we? We’re still counting votes, and every vote should count,”
said John Podesta.
Donald J. Trump is also on his way to winning in Ohio. The bellwether state is key in determining who the next president is going to be. It also has symbolic significance, since it has usually predicted the outcome of the election. With the exception of one instance, Ohio has supported the winner of the presidential election consistently since 1944. The Republican candidate spoke about the issues that are of concern to the residents of Ohio. His message appealed to a feeling of economic grievance present in the state. Ohio has been affected by a declining manufacturing industry and loss of jobs.
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