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The Numbers: A Breakdown of How the Election Resulted in a Trump Presidency

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Though the media fiercely predicted a Clinton Presidency, Donald Trump was able to persevere and win the title of President-elect on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Trump will be the 45th President of the United States come late January.

As of now, Trump has lost the popular vote by 700,000 votes and still counting, but was able to secure the Electoral College. There was a clear division amongst voters, across the board, based on race, gender, age, education, etc. According to CBS News, male voters favored Trump over females, 53 percent to 41 percent, while women voters preferred Clinton, 54 percent to 42 percent.

The division continued as white women preferred Trump over Clinton, 53 percent to 43 percent, along with male white voters, 63 percent of who voted for Trump and only 31 percent for Clinton. Where Trump really hit a cord was with white voters who have a college degree, gaining 72 percent of the votes compared to Clinton’s 23 percent. However, Clinton did win 51 percent of women voters with a college degree.

Clinton also won among African-American voters, winning 88 percent of their votes with Trump  winning just a mere 8 percent. Breaking this down by gender, Clinton won 93 percent compared to Trump’s 4 percent of black women voters, and 80 percent of black men compared to Trump’s 13 percent. Similarly, Clinton also won the Latino vote, which came in at 65 percent while Trump’s came in at 29 percent, according to Pew Research.

With the House being mostly red, this election has Americans going through a similar situation experienced in 2001. On November 8, all 435 seats of the U.S House of Representatives were up for election, resulting in a Republican majority of 241 to 194 Democratic, according to Ballotpedia. Prior to this election, however, Republicans still held the majority with a total of 246 to 186 seats.

NPR recently released a list of all the things President-elect Donald Trump has declared he plans to do within his first 100 days in office. First on the list is proposing an additional Constitutional Amendment that limits the number of terms Congress and senate members can have. He also plans on taking several actions to protect American workers and withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He will continue these changes for the American people as he attempts to identify the foreign trading abuses that negatively impact American workers. He has promised these actions will benefit American workers, correct government corruption, broaden legislative measures, and restore security.

On Friday  January 20, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump will take the Presidential Oath and replace current President, President Obama. He will be sworn in at noon on the steps of the U.S Capitol in Washington, D.C.  

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