The results are in and the people have spoken. Donald Trump has won the 2016 Presidential election which makes him the 45th President of the United States of America.
Ohio was a complete toss up state (according to the polls) for the entirety of the election process. Ohio, which leaned left in the 2012 election, is responsible for 18 electoral votes that were “must win” for Donald Trump. Since 1944, Ohioans have sided with the winning candidate and this trend has continued in 2016, showing just how important winning this state can truly be to winning the election.
Donald Trump took a gamble a year ago running for president for what many called “a publicity stunt” and did not take him serious. He proved half of the country wrong and absolutely dominated the election.
The results were as follows:
Trump: 52.1% (Receiving all 18 electoral votes)
Gary Johnson: 3.2%
Jill Stein: .8%
Richard Duncan: .4%
So what happened in Ohio?
According to Dan Horn with Cincinnati.com,”From coal country and farm towns to union halls and steel mills, voters who have watched their jobs and their economic prospects wither for decades embraced Trump’s promise to reverse their fortunes”
Trump outperformed Mitt Romney in all but four counties from the 2012 election. He nearly swept Appalachian counties in the southeast, some industrial and suburban counties in northeast and northwest, and was a lot more competitive in Democratic strongholds such as Mahoning County.
The voter turn out was about the same between 2012 and 2016 but what made the difference for Trump was that three of the Ohio’s largest counties where Clinton was counting on major turnouts.
Among these reasons, as well as a general consensus that there were a lot more “closet” Trump voters (meaning they supported him but for whatever reason did not make it public knowledge) remained silent for months, but showed up on election day, and in the end Ohio chose Donald Trump.
After an ugly and long campaign that was filled with ups and downs for both candidates, Donald Trump is now our President for the next four years. It is time for our country to come together and get behind him and hope he truly can “Make America Great Again.”