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Donald Trump Elected President

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Republicans win White House, Congress and Senate

National and Local Election Results

What a long, strange trip it’s been. While we thought that the 2012 presidential race was the nastiest of all time, the 2016 race certainly took the cake and gave us one twisted mindfuck of a sideshow that none of us had seen before. Nor did many expect to see Donald Trump reign victorious over Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump Wins the 2016 Presidential RaceIn what was a very close race throughout the night, and with 95% reporting, Mr. Trump received 276 electoral votes over Mrs. Clinton, who wound up with 218. Both Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton received 48% of the popular vote, with Mr. Trump leading by a margin of just over 207,000 votes. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received 3% of the vote, and Jill Stein of the Green Party wound up with just 1%.

Utah was an interesting case as Independent Evan McMullen who was seen as an “Anti-Trump” alternative came in third with 20.9%. Mr. Trump won Utah with 45.5% and 28.6% for Mrs. Clinton. Mr. McMullen was the only Independent candidate to have any moderate success in the campaign.

Mrs. Clinton won New York State with 58.7% of the vote. Mr. Trump received 37.5%, followed by Mr. Johnson with 2.3% and Dr. Stein with 1.4%. Here’s a breakdown of how the candidates fared in our immediate area:

Albany County: Clinton-59.5%, Trump-35.2%, Johnson-3.5%, Stein-1.8%

Clinton County: Clinton-47.4%, Trump-46.4%, Johnson-4.2%, Stein-2.0%

Columbia County: Clinton-48.1%, Trump-46.8%, Johnson-3.1%, Stein-2.0%

Essex County: Trump-48.2%, Clinton-44.8%, Johnson-4.4%, Stein-2.5%

Franklin County: Trump-50.4%, Clinton-43.0%, Johnson-4.3%, Stein-2.2%

Fulton County: Trump-64.5%, Clinton-29.9%, Johnson-4.1%, Stein-1.5%

Greene County: Trump-61.2%, Clinton-33.8%, Johnson-3.0%, Stein-2.0%

Hamilton County: Trump-66.8%, Clinton-28.0%, Johnson-3.8%, Stein-1.5%

Herkimer County: Trump-64.6%, Clinton-30.0%, Johnson-3.9%, Stein-1.5%

Montgomery County: Trump-60.7%, Clinton-34.2%, Johnson-3.7%, Stein-1.4%

Rensselaer County: Trump-48.4%, Clinton-45.5%, Johnson-4.2%, Stein-1.9%

Saratoga County: Trump-49.1%, Clinton-44.7%, Johnson-4.6%, Stein-1.6%

Schenectady County: Clinton-50.1%, Trump-44.2%, Johnson-4.0%, Stein-1.7%

Schoharie County: Trump-64.5%, Clinton-29.8%, Johnson-3.7%, Stein-2.0%

St. Lawrence County: Trump-52.5%, Clinton-41.7%, Johnson-3.7%, Stein-2.1%

Warren County: Trump-51.8%, Clinton-41.2%, Johnson-4.1%, Stein-2.9%

Washington County: Trump-57.0%, Clinton-36.8%, Johnson-3.8%, Stein-2.5%

Some Key US Senate Races

New York: Senator Charles Schumer easily won another term last night. With 97.3% reporting, Mr. Schumer received 70.4% over Republican Wendy Long with 27.5%. Green Robin Wilson received 1.5% and Libertarian Alex Merced wound up with 0.6%.

Arizona: John McCain won another term with 53.2% over Democratic challenger Ann Kirkpatrick who received 41.3%. Green candidate Gary Swing wound up in third place with 5.5%.

California: The race between Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez was interesting as both candidates were Democrats, with no opposition from other parties. Ms. Harris received 63% of the vote, while Ms. Sanchez wound up with 37%.

Florida: Republican Marco Rubio won another Senate term with 52.1% against Democratic Representative Patrick Murphy (44.2%).

Illinois: Representative Tammy Duckworth ascended to the Senate by defeating incumbent Republican Mark Kirk. Mrs. Duckworth received 54.4% of the vote with Mr. Kirk receiving 40.2%. Libertarian Kenton McMillen came in third with 3.2% followed by Green Scott Summers with 2%.

Kentucky: Incumbent Rand Paul also won another term with 57.3% against Democrat Jim Gray who received 42.7%.

Maryland: Incumbent Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen was victorious, winning 60.4% against his Republican challenger Kathy Szeliga (36.4%). Green candidate Margaret Flowers, who had been excluded from several debates, received 3.2% of the vote.

New Hampshire: With 93.3% reporting, Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte currently has 48.0% in a close race with Governor Maggie Hassan who has 47.8%. Independent Aaron Day is tied at 2% with Libertarian Brian Chabot.

Nevada: Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto has taken the mantle from departing Senator Harry Reid, with a victory of 47.1% over Republican Joe Heck who received 44.7% Ms. Masto also made history, becoming the very first Latina in the US Senate.

Vermont: Long term Senator Patrick Leahy won another term receiving 61% against Republican Scott Mine (33%) followed by Independents Chris Ericson (3%) and Jerry Trudell (2%) and Liberty Union candidate Pete Diamondstone (1%).

US Congressional Races

NY District 19: After a very contentious and extremely expensive race for outgoing Congressman Chris Gibson’s seat, John Faso was victorious against Zephyr Teachout winning 54.7% of the vote over 45.3% for Ms. Teachout.

NY District 20: Paul Tonko easily won another Congressional term, winning 67.9% of the vote against Joe Vitollo, who received 32.1%.

NY District 21: Incumbent Elise Stefanik won a second term in a heated race against Democrat Mike Derrick and Green Matt Funiciello. Ms. Stefanik received 66.1% of the vote, followed by 29.3% for Mr. Derrick and 4.6% for Mr. Funiciello.

Dave Bower is Co-Publisher of The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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