2016 Election Results: Burn It All Down

The Democratic Party had a devastating loss on election night, as Democrat Hillary Clinton lost the race to be the next president of the United States to Republican candidate Donald Trump. It was a long, heartbreaking night of results as Democrats not only lost the White House, but failed to make any necessary gains in either chamber of Congress.

The loss means that the Supreme Court, too, is likely to be turned even more conservative as at least one justice is added to the bench, putting all three wings of government under conservative control.

If there was any doubt that this was an election day like no other, one only had to check out the live feed at the Susan B. Anthony grave site, where hundreds of voters lined up all day to place “I Voted” stickers on the former suffragette’s grave. But lines at Susan B. Anthony’s grave site were nothing compared to lines in North Carolina, where a change to paper voting rolls from electronic ones caused slow voter check in and massive waits in five districts – primarily African American ones – forcing the Durham County Board of Elections to ask for an extension to polling hours. Harlem also had two hours of waiting when four of five scanner machines stopped working. Non-working machines were a common occurrence throughout the country, adding to the slow counting that forced results to be slow in coming.

Early voting no doubt caused the lines to be much shorter and the chaos more contained than it would have been if everyone had been forced to vote only on Tuesday. But with news that early voting heavily favored Democrats, Republican Donald Trump’s campaign team worked to try to stop early voting ballots from being counted in some sites in Nevada. That effort quickly was rejected by courts but tied up some election officials throughout the day.

Early voting may have added hundreds of thousands of ballots to the mix, but it didn’t manage to push Clinton to victory, despite her massive data and ground game and her projected early vote advantage. It became apparent that it would be a long night the moment Florida was dubbed too close to call, despite assumptions that the Hispanic population would turn out strongly for Clinton. As Florida Senator Marco Rubio was quickly announced to have won re-election, it became clear that the night was about to turn into a Republican sweep that few could have expected.

Clinton’s campaign loss appears to have hinged on a number of factors. She under performed in comparison to polling projections in most battleground states, an issue that will need to be addressed by the Democratic Party apparatus. But while some results do make sense – such as lower African-American turnout in North Carolina, mostly as a result of closed early voting sites and voter roll purges – others are baffling, like the fact that she only drew in 65 percent of Latino voters.

Trump also performed extraordinarily well with Evangelical voters, who once again came to the polls in record numbers and voted nearly exclusively for the GOP nominee. And he lost the white female college degree vote by a mere 6 points, despite his constant and endless bouts of sexual harassment, accusations of assault and blatant misogyny.

The turnout for the Republicans didn’t just benefit their bid for the White House, but kept the House and Senate firmly in their control as well. Of all of the endangered GOP senators on the line in this election only one – Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, who lost his seat to Democrat Tammy Duckworth – changed hands.  Meanwhile, New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan are still too close to call, and may potentially end in a recount.

Regardless of the results of the New Hampshire senate race, it is a grim, red country beginning in 2017. A GOP House will move immediately to repeal Obamacare and more, and a GOP senate will approve one of the far right social conservative justices that Trump put on his short list for the Supreme Court. Meanwhile even more states have moved further to the right, with Indiana continuing its GOP dominance in its legislature and the GOP taking the House in Kentucky for the first time in a century.

As a Trump presidency and GOP majorities became more of a reality, the world responded in frank terror. Markets crashed to the point where futures trading had to stop, and currency values plummeted. In South Korea and Japan, the two countries will meet to discuss security in the wake of a Trump America.

For hundreds of thousands of LGBT, immigrants, Muslims and people of color, the next few years in the U.S. are about to become very, very frightening. A Donald Trump presidency is going to be a reality, and the only thing everyone knows for sure is that absolutely anything can happen next.

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia commons

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Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei11 months ago

Brian F.,

Let me gently REPEAT, once again, in all sincerity, my suggestion to you:

Go F**K yourself, you mindless little rightwing puppet. You are the bean bag chair that Trump farts into each and every day, and you and your moronic posts have all the substance of those farts.

Cletus

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Robert Hamm
Robert Hammabout a year ago

You can always tell a propagandist when you see him. Every message is a cookie cutter version of the last. Brain learned a new word to apparently.....NeoLiberal. The Oligarchy own all of congress. If Jill had made it to the white house by some ludicrous miracle.......the Oligarchy would have a field days with her....and congress would Neuter her. You are simply another zealot propagandist brian.

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Brian F.
Brian Fabout a year ago

Regus Neoliberal corporate Democratic policies have not done much for this country. Obama supports the horrible TPP trade deal. Not all Trump supporters are racist. Some of them are voting for Trump because Hillary is corrupt, and her continuation of the Democrats failed neo liberal corporate democratic policies, that only support Wall Street, and corporations, is not working. Half the country lives in poverty, and both parties are corrupt, and part of the corporate owned duopoly. The fact that you can't see this, and acknowledge that corporations own both party's, means that your empty head is lodged to far up your "a$$hole".

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Regus Slantei
Regus Slanteiabout a year ago

Elaine Al Meqdad,

In your posts you confidently bragged about how you have traveled the world more than just about anybody else. That **might** be true. But all that can be deduced from your arrogant and misplaced claim is that your body might have done some traveling but your mind stayed home, locked up in some mind-atrophying anti-intellectual closet.

Your travels have left you believing in some pretty ugly, ideological-driven, rightwing lies that are not based on the real world. But I do understand how hard it must be to get things like facts past so many layers of thick "a$$hole" so they can catch up to where your empty head is purposefully lodged.

Cletus

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