The polls were all wrong, with the exception of the LA Times and Investor’s Business Daily polls. The pundits were sure that Hillary Clinton was going to be our next president. The exit polls also indicated that she was going to win. So how did Donald Trump end up pulling off such a stunning upset? For one thing, Hillary’s margin with women and college-educated white people what was not what it was projected to be. On top of that, African-Americans didn’t come out to vote in the numbers that they did in 2008 and 2012 when President Obama was running. Those two factors went a long way toward helping Trump secure must-wins in Florida and North Carolina.
But he owes his victory to white working-class men, especially those from the Rust Belt. They normally vote Democrat, but this time they came out in droves to vote for Trump. That’s why Trump was able to win Ohio, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, the latter two of which a Republican presidential candidate had not won since the 1980’s. And Trump could very well win Michigan, a state where he is leading by about 16,000 votes as of this writing. And you know the tide has turned against the Democrats when Minnesota has still not been called for either candidate on the morning after Election Day. Keep in mind that it was the only state that went for Walter Mondale in 1984. And it’s the only state that has never voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Richard Nixon left office.
This election was obviously a repudiation of the Obama and Clinton agenda. Eight years of it was all the average American could take, in spite of the fact that the Washington establishment and media elite insisted that they stick with the status quo. Trump will become the first Republican president to enjoy a GOP majority in both the House and the Senate, thanks to Republicans limiting their losses in both chambers. Americans have had enough of the Washington stalemate. They want their elected officials to roll up their sleeves and take care of the nation’s business. They want them to starting fixing our problems, beginning with Obamacare and illegal immigration. Hopefully, Trump will keep his promises and make this happen.