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Surviving 2016: Election results, memes, and news

Welcome to the end of the 2016 election! (Phew)


Andrew Couts


Dell Cameron


Published Nov 8, 2016   Updated Feb 28, 2020, 9:00 pm CST

Election Map: Trump 276 | Clinton 218

2:31am ET, Nov. 9: The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States. Clinton has reportedly called to concede. That’s it. 

1:45am ET, Nov. 9: Trump has won Pennsylvania and is expected to also Alaska, putting him within three electoral votes of securing the election.

12:23am ET, Nov. 9: Clinton is projected to win Nevada, a state that has become a must-win for the former secretary of state amid a string of losses in other battleground states.

12:09am ET, Nov. 9: The AP and CNN project Trump the winner in Iowa.

11:59pm ET, Nov. 8: Trump is projected to win Utah.

11:36pm ET, Nov. 8: Trump will win Georgia, according to the AP. Fox News is also projecting Wisconsin for Trump—a win that would break through Clinton’s firewall and could push Trump into the White House.

11:31pm ET, Nov. 8: Clinton is projected to win Washington state.

11:21pm ET, Nov. 8: Trump is projected to win North Carolina, a major battleground state. He is also projected to win Idaho. Clinton is the projected winner in Oregon.

11:12pm ET, Nov. 8: The AP has called California and Hawaii for Clinton. Those states were already factored in for Clinton in every model. The race continues to hinge on battleground states: Wisconsin, Michigan, and Nevada. Clinton is currently up more than 100,000 votes in Pennsylvania.

10:55pm ET, Nov. 8: The AP has called Florida for Trump, boosting his electoral vote count to 197 and further pushing the fate of the race to Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. 

10:49pm ET, Nov. 8: CNN is projecting Colorado will swing toward Clinton. AP has yet to call the race. Fox News is calling North Carolina for Trump; neither CNN nor AP have called the state.

10:43pm ET, Nov. 8: Clinton is projected to win Virginia, a key victory as the map begins to tighten around her paths to victory.

10:40pm ET, Nov. 8: The AP has projected Ohio will go Trump, while CNN now projects Clinton will win Virginia (this one’s not reflected in the electoral vote count above). Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania remain in the balance—and they’re all must-wins for Clinton.

10:25pm ET, Nov. 8: Trump has won Missouri, while Clinton has secured New Mexico. CNN has also called Ohio for Trump, while Fox News has called Virginia for Clinton. The Associated Press has not yet called either of these states.

10:13pm ET, Nov. 8: The U.S. has elected its first Somali-American legislator: Ilhan Omar, a Muslim woman, easily dispatched her Republican opponent, Abdimalik Askar, to secure Minnesota’s District 60b seat.

The Minnesota Star Tribune reports:

Omar, a 34-year-old Muslim-American woman who proudly wears the hijab, is suddenly thrust into leadership of a rapidly emerging DFL coalition that is younger, more urban and more racially and ethnically diverse than at any time in its history.

House Minority Leader Paul Thissen said Omar’s victory is a statement about the state’s future: “It says something important about the future of Minnesota, and what it means to be a Minnesotan.”

10pm ET, Nov. 8: Trump has won Montana, bringing his electoral vote count to 140.

9:55pm ET, Nov. 8: Speaker Ryan will return. 

House speaker Paul Ryan has won his race, capturing 70 percent of the vote in Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district. Ryan Solen, his Democratic challenger, won 26 percent of the vote, with Libertarian and Independent candidates—Jason Lebeck and Spencer Zimmerman, respectively—securing a total of 5 percent of the vote.

9:32pm ET, Nov. 8: Trump is projected to win Louisiana, while Clinton is projected to win Connecticut.

9:28pm ET, Nov. 8: Florida remains too close to call. 

With 91 percent reporting, Trump is up 49.2 percent to Clinton’s 47.6 in the Sunshine State. Most if not all of the votes in Orlando, Miami, Tampa, and West Palm Beach have been counted by now, which is not great news for Democrats. Typically, GOP votes roll in fast from rural areas where there aren’t many votes to count. Democrats will get a boost later on as votes from urban centers get added. Tonight, Jacksonville went to Trump—with 193 of 199 precincts reporting in, Trump claimed 49 percent of Jacksonville’s the vote. 

Clinton doesn’t require Florida’s 29 electoral votes to win, but for Trump the state is a must.

9:18pm ET, Nov. 8: A self-proclaimed Trump supporter has been arrested in Texas for attempting to vote twice, according to law enforcement. He told police he was attempting to “test the system.”

9:08pm ET, Nov. 8: Trump projected to win Arkansas, bringing his electoral vote count to 129.

9:04pm ET, Nov. 8: “Intimidation” reports in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office is investigating claims of “voter intimidation and bad behavior on the part of poll works at several sites,” the Washington Post reports.

A Republican poll watcher at one polling location claimed a Democratic committeemen was acting inappropriately, electioneering, and tried to expel a GOP poll watcher. 

A Republican poll watcher at a separate location complained about a election judge joining voters in the booths. The judge, 68-year-old Dianne Rorie, told reporters she was asked by voters how to operate the machine. 

The DA’s office said it was unlikely to read any conclusions concerning the complaints before the night’s end. 

9:01pm ET, Nov. 8: Trump projected to win North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas, and Texas. Clinton projected to win Illinois and New York.

8:52pm ET, Nov. 8: Trump projected to win Mississippi.

8:4opm ET, Nov. 8: Clinton is projected to win Rhode Island, netting her four more electoral votes.

8:26pm ET, Nov 8: Trump is projected to win Alabama.

8:15pm ET, Nov. 8: Trump is projected to win Tennessee and South Carolina.

8pm ET, Nov. 8: Clinton is projected to win Delaware; Washington, D.C.; Maryland; New Jersey; and Massachusetts. Trump is projected to win Oklahoma.

7:49pm ET, Nov. 8: George W. Bush skips presidential vote

Former president George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, checked “none of the above” instead of voting for Trump or Clinton, Reuters has reported. The pair voted for Republicans in down-ballot races, but decided to abstain from the presidential race. Neither Bush nor his father, former president George H.W. Bush, endorsed Trump. 

7:30pm ET, Nov. 8: Trump wins West Virginia:

7:20pm ET, Nov. 8: Trump drinking Diet Coke, watching election in his apartment. 

In an interview at the Washington Post, Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, said Trump was spending election night in his apartment watching the results as they roll in and drinking a Diet Coke. Giuliani said he had advised Trump not to pay attention to the race, but he was doing so anyway. 

 “He’s calm. We’re all cautiously optimistic,” Giuliani told the Post. “We think it’s going to be very, very close. We know there is a populism across the country that’s powerful and he has been lifted by it.”   

6:59pm ET, Nov. 8: Trump projected to win Indiana and Kentucky; Clinton projected to win Vermont:

6:50pm ET, Nov. 8: Shots fired near LA-area polling station.

CNN reported moments ago that an LA-area polling station was put on lockdown after shots were fired nearby. The shots were not fired inside the polling station, located in Azusa, California, roughly 30 miles outside Los Angeles. However, roughly 30 voters were reportedly trapped inside the Memorial Park North Recreation Center when the shooting occurred. CNN reports:

A female voter told CNN she heard the shots ring out.

“At first, I thought it was construction but people came running into the room saying they see a guy with a bulletproof vest and a white shirt. As of right now, they just have us in the voting room and are trying to keep us calm.”

The female voter said officials are not allowing anyone to leave the building but people are still allowed to vote while they wait. She said officials are not announcing updates inside in order to not scare the kids.

6:30pm ET, Nov. 8: Here are the very first real votes of the 2016 election:

Welcome to the Daily Dot’s election 2016 blog.

As the final votes are cast Tuesday evening, our reporters will chronicle events surrounding the conclusion of the 2016 American presidential election, one of the most unusual and turbulent in recent history.

We will soon know who the 45th president of the United States will be: Donald Trump (R), a New York businessman and reality TV star, who campaigned primarily on the promise of strengthening America’s borders, and whose debasing comments about women marred late efforts to rally establishment Republicans around his nationalistic vision for America; or Hillary Clinton (D), a former former lady and U.S. senator from New York, whose campaign has been equally strained by the ongoing controversy over her handling of classified material during her tenure as head of the U.S. State Department under President Barack Obama.

In addition to the two major party nominees, Jill Stein (Green Party), and Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) are eligible candidates in a majority of states.

U.S. presidential elections are decided by the Electoral College—not by a popular vote. Each state is allotted a number of electors proportional to the size of its congressional delegation, which is in turn based on state population as determined every ten years during the census. To win the election, one of the candidates must win 270 electoral votes, a majority of the 538 electors. (Here’s an explainer on the Electoral College if you need to brush up.)

Since most states are predictable, leaning Republican or Democrat in nearly every national race, the presidential election will be determined this year almost entirely by what happens in the following 13 battleground states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. 

No matter who wins, it will all be over soon.

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*First Published: Nov 8, 2016, 3:58 pm CST