Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States. Despite all the polling and predictions, he won the Electorial College.
As discussed previously the presidency in the United States is not won by a popular vote. The presidency is won by Electorial College votes. As of 2:29 pm EST on November 10th Trump has 290 Electorial College votes over Hillary Clintons 232. Clinton, on the other hand, has 60,119,706 votes over Trump’s 59,819,736 votes.
The Electorial College is one of the great quirks of the American electoral system. This system is a holdover from the American Founding Fathers’ belief that the states should hold more power than the people. In nearly every respect this has been changed, except for the Electorial College.
Pollsters and those who make the odds usually take previous elections into account with their predictions. This election broke a lot of rules and a lot of models. Donald Trump is a true outside. He has never, nor has his family, held public office. This in of itself is unusual for those reaching for the highest office. Hillary Clinton has had to face more criticism than any previous candidate due to her’s and her husband’s long record in public service.
Another thing that pollsters did not take into account was that Democrats did not go out and vote in the same record numbers as they did for the primaries. If we compare the last three elections, mind you this graph was made yesterday, you will see Democrats and Republicans were put off by this election. It was assumed that Hillary was going to win four years ago by many news outlets and people within the Democratic party. Scandal and shock kept people from the polls and the Republican party was able to upset convention. It’s time to watch the next two years and see what the mid-term election will bring after this.