On Tuesday, Nov. 8, an election of historic proportion took place. As the results from the Eastern states began to roll in, everything was going as expected with Clinton and Trump carrying the states they were expected to carry, but then Florida’s results began to come in.
A week prior to the election the Republican National Committee stated that, “[Trump was] likely to lose Florida,” but the first results began to favor Trump in the highly contentious state; Trump went on to win in Florida. North Carolina, another highly contested state was also projected for Trump. Soon after North Carolina and Florida were announced, Ohio was projected for Trump. Pennsylvania showed early momentum for Clinton, but then started to pull for Trump, and he went on to carry the state.
When the third round of polls closed, Michigan and Wisconsin, two states that were considered solid Clinton states, were considered too close to call. As the night went on it became clear that these two states were going to be carried by Trump. After Wisconsin and Michigan, it was obvious that Clinton would not be able to reach the 270 electoral votes she needed to win the presidency.
Trump took to the stage in New York City to make his acceptance speech. Trump spoke of his promises to be a president for all people and he congratulated Secretary Clinton on a race well run. Trump spoke of Clinton saying, “Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.”
Clinton delivered her concession speech the following day in front of a group of her supporters. She spoke of her regret that she was not able to shatter the proverbial glass ceiling but said that someone will break it in the future. Clinton commented on Trump’s victory by saying, “I hope that [Donald Trump] will be a successful president for all Americans. This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country.”