Voters say yes to Trump, city of Stonecrest
Jennifer Ffrench-Parker | 11/9/2016, 6 a.m.
In an upset victory, Republican businessman Donald Trump will lead the United States for the next four years.
Trump clinched the presidency in the wee hours of Nov. 9 amassing 290 electoral votes to become the next U.S. president. His election ended a divisive and bitter campaign with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was seeking to become the country’s first female president.
On Jan. 20, 2017, he will be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president.
A majority of polls – 112 0f 115 – over the last four days of the election had Clinton winning the election, but while she won the popular votes, Trump walked away with a majority of the electoral votes.
In the closely fought election, more than 60.9 million or 47.8 percent of voters chose Clinton but Trump, who had 60.3 million or 47.3 percent of votes, won the most electoral votes. Clinton got 228 electoral votes.
His biggest gain came in battleground states like Florida, 29 electoral votes; Pennsylvania, 20; Ohio, 18; North Carolina, 15; and Wisconsin, 10. Those wins came in areas once thought to be in Clinton's stronghold.
In winning the popular vote and losing the presidency, Clinton joins a select club of candidates – Al Gore in 2000, who lost to George Bush even though he received 543,895 more votes; Andrew Jackson in 1824 (lost to John Quincy Adams); Samuel Tilden in 1876 (lost to Rutherford B. Hayes); and Grover Cleveland in 1888 (lost to Benjamin Harrison).
To win the U.S. presidency, a candidate must get at least 270 Electoral College votes.
Trump took the stage at 3 a.m., saying it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division.
“We have to get together,” he said. “To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across the nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”
Trump also pledged that he will be the president for all Americans.
“For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, for which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unify our great country,” he said.
Trump said that his movement combined of all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs who want and expect our government to serve the people.
“Serve the people it will,” he said. “Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream.”
While Trump won the country, he only managed to get 47,531 or 15.9 percent of the votes cast in DeKalb. He won Georgia with just over 2 million or 51.2 percent of the votes of the votes.
In her concession speech on Nov. 9, Clinton said that while the outcome was not what she wanted, she feels pride and gratitude for the campaign she and her supporters built together.
“You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.”