On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters headed to the polls to decide the next President of the U.S. along with many down ballot candidates. Many people were faced with a dilemma: vote for someone with a failed record, or vote for an outsider with no political experience. With most people suggesting that Hillary Clinton was going to win, many Republicans were just hoping to hold the Senate and the House. By 10:30 p.m., Republicans had secured the House and the Senate and only had to worry about the still-undecided presidential race. With Florida being called for Trump, Republicans began to have renewed hope that Trump may actually win the election. Trump was stuck at 254 electoral votes for several hours, with Michigan and Pennsylvania yet to come in. Either state would have pushed him over 270, winning the presidency.
Finally, around 1:30 a.m., John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, spoke saying that nothing would be decided and sent Hillary supporters home from the party in New York. Within 15 minutes of this happening, Pennsylvania was reported and Trump won the state, pushing him over the 270 votes he needed to win. Trump spoke around 2:30 a.m. in New York. He emphasized that he intends to be a president for every American, and that it is crucial we come together to try and fix this nation. In recent interviews through the week, Trump has even emphasized keeping laws that the Supreme Court has ruled on as law, something most people opposed to Trump thought he wouldn’t say.
So what happens now? With Republicans holding both the House, the Senate and the White House, they are in an unprecedented position in modern history. Republicans also hold more state legislatures and governorships than any time in recent history. Republicans at every level have the ability to move us towards more state-run government, less federal government in state decisions, and preserving the dual sovereignty that exists in the U.S. While some fear and even protest the results, many have realized that it would be much better to just wait and see what happens after Jan. 20, 2017, when Trump is inaugurated.