Things are now beginning to cool in Washington and all over the country. The citizens are slowly coming to terms with the possibility of a Trump presidency. Not only have the pollsters and political watchers been stunned, but also the whole world.
But how did he manage it? How did Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton despite the Democrat being backed by an incumbent president and donors?
Here are some of the reasons why Donald Trump won the US elections.
- Hillary leads in the popular vote, but the Electoral College elects presidents
As more votes are being counted, Hillary Clinton is on the lead when it comes to popular vote. As at the moment she has 60,839,922 against Trump’s 60,265,858 votes. She has created a margin of over 600,000+ and this is expected to continue to grow as the counting continues.
Of the past seven presidential elections, the Democrats have been winning the popular vote, but lost the Electoral College in two of these. This is happening even as more Democrats shift to coasts and cities where they are found in plenty.
But according to the constitution, it is the Electoral College that picks presidents. The reason as to why the founders established such a system was to prevent populous states from electing “favorite sons” and have the advantage outsize.
- The overall turnout maybe slightly above or below that of 2012
In 2012, there was a total turnout of 129.2million voters while in 2016, the figure is projected to be 128.5 million. But even with the reducing number of eligible voters, Hillary Clinton got a lower share compared to Barack Obama. In addition, most candidates decided to vote for third party candidates.
- Most voters were not pleased with how candidates were peicked
The 2016 US elections saw a surge in the number of people choosing not to elect either a Democratic or Republican candidate. The figures increased by 4.5 million, which was triple, that of 2012. 2.4 million voters did not vote for both Republican or Democrat candidate. This shoot up to 6.9 million in the recently concluded 2016 elections.
- Clinton was not central in the Obama Administration
Compared to Barack Obama’s votes, Hillary Clinton got more than 5 million less. Obama garnered 65.9 million votes in 2012 while Hillary Clinton is projected to get 61.1 million votes. Trump, meanwhile, got roughly the same number of voters as Mitt Romney four years ago.
- Clinton forgot her 2000 elections campaign
Overall, the reason Trump won was because he flipped big margins with white, working class voters in the Midwest and Pennsylvania — something that was always a possibility.
This is one of the group of voters that Hillary Clinton made her worst election mistake. She called the voters “deplorable,” utterances that may have made them to vote as they did.
As the elections came to an end, FBI re-opened investigation into her E-mail scandals. This served to reinforce the thought that she is untrustworthy. The impact of this investigation being opened by FBI Director James Comey was felt by voters who had the worst thoughts of her. Even though this was abruptly closed as the election door opened, they served to reduce the momentum she had emerged with from the three debates.