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4 Things To Know About Election Night


After a long and tense political night across the country, Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States.

But the presidency wasn’t the only major turning point that happened on election night.

All across America, key races were decided, close measures passed and failed and Americans were left to survey a new political landscape.

Here are four major things that happened Election Day 2016:

White Voters Came Out For Trump

It literally took all night for the race for the White House to be decided. Just after 2:30 a.m. EST, Donald Trump secured a victory in Wisconsin and was announced as the new president of the United States. The key to Trump’s win were battleground wins in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. According to recent exit polls, men came out in scores to vote for Trump. In 2012, men preferred Mitt Romney by 7 points: Trump by almost double that.

Non-college-educated whites also strongly favored Trump, according to NPR. Turnout among those voters was high, as Trump tapped into dissatisfaction in part fueled by a slow recovery from the Great Recession. College-educated whites also preferred Trump over Clinton but by a smaller margin.

Clinton’s under-performance in key counties within swing states also likely contributed to Trump’s victory, according to NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben.

“In Cuyahoga County, Ohio — home to Cleveland — Trump drew about 4,500 fewer voters than Romney did in 2012. However, Clinton drew almost 37,000 fewer, giving her a much smaller win there than Obama scored in 2012,” Kutzleben wrote.

Republicans Control House And Senate

Trump wasn’t the only winner Tuesday — down ballot Republicans also did well with voters, and the party maintained control of both the U.S. House and Senate. 

Political analysts had predicted Democrats had their best chances in years of picking up enough seats in the Senate to regain control. The party needed to pick up five seats to do that, but only managed one: Rep. Tammy Duckworth defeated Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk.

For a full state-by-state breakdown of the GOP victories nationwide, NPR’s Jessica Taylor has a full analysis.

Oregon Says No To Measure 97

 

In a more predictable outcome, the largest tax increase ever proposed in Oregon history failed widely across the state.

Oregon voters chose to vote “no” on a measure that would have generated $6 billion every two years from corporations that do more than $25 million in Oregon sales annually.   

Opponents of the measure spent heavily in the state, and characterized it as a hidden sales tax on average Oregonians.

“Our coalition has believed from the start that sound fiscal tax policy should not be developed behind closed doors like Measure 97 was,” said Rebecca Tweed, statewide campaign manager fro the No on 97 campaign.

Tweed added that it will now be up to state lawmakers to solve a projected $1.4 billion deficit in the coming budget cycle.

That message was something clearly seen in Oregon voters, who turned down Measure 97 in all but two counties: Multnomah and Benton. 



A Republican Wins Secretary Of State In Oregon

In one of the tightest statewide races in Oregon, Republican Dennis Richardson won the race to be Secretary of State over Democrat Brad Avakian. Richardson is his party’s first candidate elected to statewide office since Sen. Gordon Smith was elected in 2002.

Richardson enjoyed strong name recognition thanks to his failed run for Oregon Governor in 2014 against incumbent John Kitzhaber. Kitzhaber would eventually resign amid a scandal related to the questionable dealings of his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes. That resignation opened the governor’s job to then-Secretary of State Kate Brown. 

Avakian conceded the race to Richardson around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

“This was a hard-fought campaign, and I congratulate Dennis Richardson in his victory. I’m proud that we’ve run a substantive, issue-oriented campaign,” he said.

Richardson said one of his main priorities will be to impartially manage state elections and government auditing in a state that’s been managed by Democrats for so many years.   



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