Donald Trump is the projected winner of the 2016 presidential election, according to calls by the Associated Press. The GOP nominee is now the projected winner in enough states to give him more than 270 electoral votes. And Hillary Clinton has called Trump to concede, according to multiple media outlets. As expected, he won all the solid red states and the “lean Trump” swing states of Ohio and Iowa. He also held two must-win big swing states, North Carolina and Florida. But most crucially of all, he broke into Hillary Clinton’s “firewall” by winning Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, states her campaign had long assumed it had in the bag. Trump did so on the basis of overwhelming support in rural areas, particularly among non-college-educated whites (though he apparently ended up narrowly winning college-educated whites too). Such support was sufficient to swamp Clinton’s support among nonwhite voters in states like Florida and North Carolina, and powered him to his shocking upset victories in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
Donald Trump Wins 2016 Presidential Election
How Trump did it
Trump entered the race back in June 2015 with a dramatically different approach from the plethora of Republican contenders. Rather than repeating the familiar conservative movement talking points on free markets and small governments, he demagogued Mexican immigrants as “rapists” in his announcement speech, and he called for a ban on Muslim immigration to the US after the San Bernardino terror attacks.