Students are reacting to the news of President – elect Donald J. Trump acquiring enough electoral votes on Tuesday night to become the 45th president of the United States.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was heavily favored to win the general election, according to the vast majority of polls and electoral college models available online.
The Trump campaign was victorious due to its ability to seize key battleground states and even turning counties and states that voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 into Republican areas.
Many students have been surprised by the outcome of the election, and were very taken back by the innacuracy of the polls that predicted Clinton winning in a landslide. Junior Randy Lesh was particularly shocked.
“I am shocked that Trump was able to win. The projections had shown that Clinton was going to win the race without any trouble, but yet Donald Trump won,” Lesh said.
Other students, like junior Katie Allen believe that not getting angry and upset may be the key.
“I am trying to go forward with this situation with an open mind,” Allen said.
Key states that Trump won included Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Wisconsin- all of which Obama won in 2008 and 2012, with the exception of North Carolina which Obama won only in 2008. To many voters’ surprise, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes went to the Trump column. Pennsylvania has not voted for a Republican candidate in decades.
Clinton won Lackawanna County 51,593 (49.76 percent) votes to Trump’s 48,102 (46.40 percent) votes. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson acquired 1,903 votes (1.84 percent).
Clinton won the popular vote in the country, acquiring 59,580,835 votes (47.7 percent) to Trump’s 59,342,369 votes (47.5 percent).
The final electoral college count was 279 for Trump and 228 for Clinton.
Clinton did not concede the race until the following morning. Typically, candidates have conceded the night of Election Day.
“Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country,” Clinton told supporters in her concession speech Wednesday morning in New York. “I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans …” Clinton said.
Some students at The University shared their thoughts on the 2016 Presidential Race.
“I think it’s interesting to see how it will play out, to see the division between the nation. Half the country voted for Hillary, and half voted for Trump…” Gabriel Torres, a senior history major said.
Henry Akhondi junior health administration major said, “… I believe there is a need for change in every single aspect of this country, coming from politics, education, to taxes. Everything, in my opinion, needs to be reformed, and I feel like Donald Trump is the man that will do that.”
Dr. Jean Harris, political science department and women’s studies professor also shared her thoughts.
“Obviously, Trump tapped into some real American’s concerns about both the economy and the way government runs. He was able to mobilize people on those issues… he has definitely made changes to the electoral college map… the pollsters were leaning toward a Clinton victory… the quality of polls have become an issue, and most polls did not get this one right,” Harris said.
Early Wednesday morning, Trump claimed victory in front of his supporters in New York, offering to some, a promising vision for the future ahead.
“Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division,” Trump said. “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans, and this is so important to me. Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream,” Trump said.
President Barack Obama Wednesday afternoon at the White House said “I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush’s team set eight years to work as hard as we can to make sure that this is a successful transition for the President – Elect, because we are all now rooting for his success, in uniting and leading the country.”