The 2016 race that initially involved 22 major candidates has come to a verdict. Millions of voters headed to the polls across the U.S. to cast their ballots or have been closely following the election. The Republican nominee Donald Trump, R-New York, defeated the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, D- New York. Trump will take office as the 45th President of the U.S. Jan. 20, 2017.
In order to win the election, a candidate must win 270 electoral votes,a majority of the 538 votes in the electoral college.Below are the results of the 2016 Presidential election.
The first projection of the night took place at 7 p.m. when the first polls closed. According to CNN, Donald Trump was projected to win Indiana,Kentucky and West Virginia gaining 24 electoral votes. Hillary Clinton was projected to win Vermont gaining 3 electoral votes.
The second projection went more in Clinton’s favor. Clinton was projected to win her home state of Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland,Rhode Island, Delaware and the District of Columbia gaining a total of 68 electoral votes. Trump was projected to win Oklahoma, Tennessee and Mississippi gaining a total of 48 electoral votes.
According to CNN, Trump was also projected to win South Carolina and Alabama gaining a total of 66 electoral votes.
The next poll closing resulted in a projection for Clinton to win Trump’s home state, New York, gaining a total of 97 electoral votes. Trump was projected to win Kansas, Nebraska,Wyoming, North Dakota,South Dakota, Texas, and Arkansas gaining Trump a lead with a total of 129 electoral votes.
Next Clinton was projected to win Connecticut, New Mexico, Virginia, and Colorado gaining 131 electoral votes and Trump was projected to win Montana, Louisiana, Missouri, and Ohio gaining trump 168 electoral votes.
Near the end of the polling, Clinton gained projected wins in Colorado,Hawaii, Oregon, Washington,Nevada, and 3 electoral votes from Maine giving her a total of 218 electoral votes. Trump gained North Carolina,Idaho, Utah, Florida, Iowa,and Georgia gaining 244 electoral votes.
The last few deciding states that led Trump to his victory were Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona and Alaska.
Total Electoral Votes:
Trump=289/ Clinton= 218
Battleground states included:Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.