Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election on Nov. 8, a victory widely unpredicted by experts, pundits and statisticians alike.
Trump won by a landslide, with 279 electoral votes as opposed to Hillary Clinton’s 228. Trump was able to garner enough votes in the key swing states, banking particularly on the voting bloc of working-class white males and overall appealing to his message against the elite and globalization.
Clinton conceded her loss the morning of Nov. 9, saying that she was “sorry that we did not win this election,” and then reminding her audience that “we owe [Trump] an open mind and a chance to lead.”
President Barack Obama, speaking from the White House that same morning, stated that he has already called Trump to congratulate him on his victory and has scheduled an appointment to aid Trump with the transition to the presidency.
Trump is backed by a Republican Senate and House. With a compliant Congress, he is also projected to appoint four justices to the Supreme Court. According to Trump’s list of potential nominees, they will most likely be socially conservative.
Both supporters and opponents of Trump are anticipating—whether with excitement or dread—the new changes the 45th President of the United States will bring about and whether he will fulfill his campaign promises.