12 lessons from Donald Trump’s astounding, stupendous, historic win
WASHINGTON—Donald Trump pulled off a remarkable victory in the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday. Here are 12 things the results show us:
This was both a decisive win and a close call
Trump won comfortably — and, at the same time, by a razor-thin margin. Specifically, he earned a decisive 75 electoral votes by beating Hillary Clinton, as of press time, by about 120,000 actual votes in Florida (29 electoral votes, 13,000 votes in Michigan (16 electoral votes), 28,000 votes in Wisconsin (10 electoral votes) and 68,000 votes in Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes). In other words, Clinton would have won the presidency had she flipped fewer than 250,000 votes in the right places.
People really hated this election
When key communities around the country reported record turnout during the early voting period, the news was widely interpreted as a sign of intense voter excitement about a momentous election. Turns out they just wanted to get the thing over with. Overall voter turnout appeared to be down from 2012, an election where the candidates were much more similar.
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