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Trump wins!

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


Donald Trump, left, and Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Republican and Democratic presidential nominees (Photo, Wikipedia)

Battleground states included:Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.



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Election day: Familiar faces welcome voters to GC School

KNOXVILLE — Working at a voting booth may not seem like the most glamorous job but the atmosphere today in Gap Creek Elementary School’s gym is certainly friendly.

As people mill around the room poll workers and voters banter with a familiarity that can only come from years of seeing each other at the booth.

One voter teased that she had come only to get her “I voted” sticker while several poll workers laughed at the check-in table.

Paula Jones, Election Officer and Republican Precinct Chairman, commented that things had died down a lot since they opened at 8 a.m.

“All of the Johnson people come early usually,” she said. “There was a line out the door this morning.”

Jones said that there seemed to be a lot more people lining up to vote this year than in the 2012 general election.

“In the primary back in March we had people coming in who hadn’t voted in years,” she said. “You know, a lot of people who haven’t worked in an election before have definitely wanted to work in this one.”

Jones believes the increase in interest is probably because of this election cycle’s candidates.

She said she has been working at Gap Creek’s voting booth for at least 10 years and, even though it is nice to serve the community, election day is long for those working the booths.

“We’re here approximately 13 or 14 hours and we can’t leave but I do enjoy it,” she said.

Despite Jones’ time serving at the booth, another poll worker claims the title for working at the Gap Creek polling place the longest.

Carl Mills explained how after he retired from TVA in Knoxville he was asked by Judge Linda Clawson to begin working at the Gap Creek voting booth in the 1992 presidential election. Mills has worked at every general election since then.

He described how the best part of the job was getting to know those in the community, which rang true as he was interrupted every few minutes by smiles, hellos and hugs from local voters.

Mills’ daughter and her son work at Johnson University.

“It’s a public service,” he said. “You get to know the people in the community, and they get to know you because you’re wearing a badge,” he laughed.

“It’s kind of like a reunion every four years,” Jones added.

The voting booth at Gap Creek will close at 8 p.m. tonight. Faculty, staff and local Johnson students are encouraged to vote today.

361 people voted at Gap Creek Elementary School today with the overwhelming majority voting in support of GOP Candidate Donald Trump in the presidential ballot.

Stay tuned to the Royal Scribe for more election day coverage including an international perspective and a wrap-up article on the results of the 2016 presidential election.