US Elections 2016: And, the results are out! Donald Trump is the elected President of The United States of America. Yes, the White House awaits him! He Trump surged to wins in Florida, Ohio, Iowa and North Carolina. With voting completed across the country, he also narrowly led in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arizona, pushing him closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the state-by-state fight for the White House. A packed crowd in the lobby of Trump’s new hotel in Washington DC broke into chants of “lock her up” and “USA, USA, USA” as state after state was called for Trump. We look at five reasons that led to his win in the US Election 2016:
1) Win in Swing States -Ohio and Florida: Florida’s Hispanic voters turned out in force for Hillary Clinton, but their numbers were ultimately insufficient to prevent the state’s 29 electoral college votes slipping into Donald Trump’s hands by a slim margin. Barack Obama won this state in 2012 with a slim margin of 0.88 percent that fell from the margin of 2.82 percent when he won in 2008. In terms of electoral diversity, the state of Florida can be divided into three parts, with South Florida aligning towards the Democrats, North Florida towards Republicans and central Florida being a swing region.
Ohio has consistently been considered to be the most crucial state for a presidential win. Since 1964 the state has voted for the winning party every election. In 2012, Obama won the elections in Ohio with a margin of 2.98 percent. Considered to be one of the most diverse states of the US, Ohio reportedly has the potential to determine the overall political mood in the country.
2) Minority Voters: Trump magnified his opponent’s problem by defying expectations that his support among minority groups would collapse, due to his disparaging remarks about illegal immigrants from Mexico and proposal to ban the entry of Muslims to the US. Instead, Trump was on track to claim a larger share of minority voters than had Mitt Romney, the GOP nominee in 2012. Trump was drawing 29% of Hispanics, 2 points higher than Romney’s share, and 29% of Asians, 3 points higher than his predecessor, writes Wall Street Journal.
3) Blue-collar cities and smaller communities: Hillary Clinton posted strong numbers among Florida’s Hispanic voters. Yet, Trump carried Florida by accumulating votes outside big, metropolitan areas. Trump also posted strong margins in the blue-collar counties of Pennsylvania and the industrial Midwest. In working-class Luzerne County, for example, he turned a 5-point Democratic lead from 2012 into a 13-point GOP advantage. “What we’re seeing across the country is that Trump is just outperforming other recent Republican candidates in a lot of these smaller, rural areas, and in small towns—in some areas that were once Democratic,” said Alan Abramowitz, a political scientist at Emory University in Atlanta told WSJ. “He’s getting huge margins out of these rural areas.”
4) Generational divisions: Trump was winning male voters by 12 points, the largest margin for any nominee dating at least to the 2000 election. The first woman to lead a major party, Clinton was winning female voters on Tuesday by 12 percentage points, the largest margin in recent elections. Voters under age 45 mostly backed Clinton, while many over age 45 backed Trump.
5) A protectionist agenda: According to Telegraph, Trump made his gains running on a platform that was at odds with the party’s traditional beliefs. A free market and global trade deals are part of the Republican party’s core values. Donald Trump ran on a protectionist agenda. And promised some form of social welfare – even if it wasn’t Obamacare. And with these promises he energised Republican voters across the country.