By Marcus White
Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. The election was called shortly before 2am Central Time after Trump was projected by many news outlets to exceed the required 271 Electoral College votes to win the presidency. Hilary Clinton conceded the race Wednesday morning, calling for a peaceful transition of power.
The race went late into the night with several states unable to call election results until Wednesday morning. At one point, Trump and Clinton were separated in Minnesota by less than two percentage points. Sean Duffy (R-WI-7th) and Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) were both re-elected.
In Minnesota, the eighth district incumbent Rick Nolan (D-MN) narrowly defeated second-time Republican challenger Stewart Mills.
This election saw for the second time in the past two decades a president win the election without winning the popular vote. While Trump has secured the required amount of Electoral College votes, Clinton surpassed him in total votes nationwide.
The election was hotly contested and many media outlets widely consider Trumps win to be an upset after polling numbers leading up to the Nov. 8 all showed a Clinton victory. It was thought that Trump had alienated many voters after damning remarks he made about women in 2005 came to light.
Despite the negative campaign and Clinton taking the line that the Trump campaign was based on fear mongering, Clinton said this morning, “We owe him an open mind to lead”. Clinton also said that she would assist in Trump’s presidency if she was asked.
President Obama has extended an invite to Trump to visit the White House Thursday to begin discussion on transitioning the Office of President. The invite is customary in American elections.
Many are still left wondering though about what Trump will do as President. As of the election, he had still not released concrete agendas on his campaign issues such as defeating ISIS as well as his plan to solve the immigration problem through deportations and having Mexico complete the wall on America’s southern border.
Democrats, including Obama and Clinton, are calling for Trump to be a president for all Americans and not just the ones who voted for him.
The election wraps up a long campaign that began in the Summer of 2015. Trump beat out one of the largest fields of Republican Candidates, and Clinton survived a fierce fight against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.