Trump takes the tally

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 Throughout Oakwood, citizens displayed their allegiance to their respective candidates by putting signs in their yards. Even though Americans understand that Donald Trump will be the next president it is clear that the divisions of the 2016 election will not be quickly mended. “I have mixed feeling of this election because of what the Trump administration has been saying for the past few months,” Max Williams (12) said. “I’m interested to see what sides of Trump will arise, the more supportive Trump or the more bigoted Trump.”       Photo by: Lauren O’Connell

On Tuesday Nov. 8, millions of people across America took part in the 2016 presidential election, voting on the next President of the United States along with new House of Representative and Senate members. The next morning, after concession from the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, news outlets announced Republican, Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States.

As of today, Trump won with 279 to Clinton’s 228 electoral votes. However, Clinton won the popularity vote among American people. She had a 48 percent popular vote versus Trump’s 47 percent.

These results contradicted the polls taken by USA Today. On Nov 8, 45.5 percent of people supported Clinton and 42.2 percent of people supported Trump.

So far, the Republicans won in the House of Representatives and the Senate also. In the House of Representatives, 239 of the representatives are Republican with a tally of 192 for Democrats. In the Senate, 51 seats are Republican and 47 are Democrats.

Social media contributed to how the student body found out who would be the new president.

“I found out from snapchat stories,” Lainey Teeters (10) said.

The internet also alerted students of the election results.

“I woke up this morning and I immediately looked up (online) who the new president was,” Maddi Weiler (10) said.

Today, some students communicated their disappointment over Trump’s victory in the hallways.

“I was a little sad and confused,” Weiler said.

Other students, exhibited relief to find out that Trump won the presidential election.

“I was shocked but I also felt relieved and happy,” Jack Armstrong (10) said.

Students have conflicting ideas on how America will change once Trump becomes president.

“I think that Trump will work to strengthen the military, repeal Obamacare, and lower income taxes,” Armstrong said.

“I feel that there won’t be a lot of drastic changes, but there will be effects on the middle and lower classes about health care,” Weiler said.

Overall, this election brought a lot of surprising and unexpected results that lead to conflicting feelings among Americans. Even though Trump won the electoral college, the final results have yet to be announced. Michigan and New Hampshire votes still remain in the counting process.

By: Lauren O’Connell

oconnell.lauren@oakwoodschools.org

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Graphic by: Carlie Shearer

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