Donald Trump Elected 45th President of the United States

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Chris Diver, News Editor

After over a year of campaigning from both sides, the election for President of the United States has finally concluded. The race between Republican nominee Donald Trump, running alongside Indiana governor Mike Pence, and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, running alongside Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, was a tight one.

Both candidates fought long and hard to become president, and both had different things to fight for.

Clinton fought to become the first female president, while Trump ran on an anti-establishment, non-politician campaign. In the end, however, the winner was Trump, winning 279 electoral votes. This is also the fifth time in the history of the United States where the winner of the electoral college lost the popular vote, as Clinton won the popular vote.

Over the course of the election, both sides have focused on a number of issues, including the economy, immigration and the appointment of Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court after his death in early 2016.

Trump had talked about getting involved with politics since the 1988 election, but he has not run for president until this election. Trump began his campaign on June 16, 2015 at a rally at Trump Tower in New York. He announced he would self-fund his campaign and introduced his slogan “Make America Great Again.”

Early in the election, when Trump first announced his candidacy, many didn’t believe he would have a chance to win the nomination against 15 other candidates due in part to Trump’s lack of experience in the field of politics. Trump also brought attention to himself early in the campaign by making comments about building a wall across the Mexican border. He also made numerous comments that many considered racist or sexist. Trump, however, gained a lot of support in the primaries and was considered the presumptive nominee on May 4, 2016, when Ohio governor John Kasich dropped out of the race. Trump officially became the Republican nominee on July 19, 2016 after accepting the nomination at the Republican National Convention.

Clinton has been involved with politics for over 30 years. She first served as the first lady of Arkansas and the first lady of the United States. After Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001, Clinton ran for the United States Senate, representing New York, and became President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State from 2009-2013 after resigning from the position. Clinton also unsuccessfully ran for president in the 2008 election when she lost the nomination for the Democratic Party to Obama.

Clinton launched her campaign on April 12, 2016 via a YouTube video. During the election, Clinton ran against four other candidates and was declared the presumptive nominee on June 7, 2016 after beating Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary election. She officially became the Democratic party nominee on July 22, 2016 at the Democratic National Convention. During her campaign, Clinton attracted controversies surrounding her deleted emails as well as emails leaked by WikiLeaks late in the campaign that revealed a long list of controversies including receiving foreign donations, comments made about the American public and the DNC trying to rig the primaries in Clinton’s favor.

On the night of the election, Trump took an early lead when many deep red states closed their polls. Trump then went on to take all but four traditional swing states, including Florida, Ohio and North Carolina as well as the state of Pennsylvania, which has voted Democrat in every election since 1992. Clinton caught up slightly when states in New England closed their polls and all voted Democrat, but after Trump took several key swing states, he achieved the 270 electoral votes required to win the election.