The much anticipated results of the US Presidential elections were finally declared late on November 8, 2016. The Republican Party has scored a landslide victory. Republicans Donald Trump and Mike Pence are going to be the next President and Vice President of the USA.
Following its decisive victory in Pennsylvania, the GOP looks set to hold sway in the US Senate as well.
Having secured 264 electoral votes already and leading in the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona, Donald Trump looks set to become the next president of the USA. He's just four more votes away from winning the elections.
The Republicans' dominance in the US House of Representatives is set to continue. While the party may find it difficult to retain majority in the Senate, continued Republican dominance in the House could hamper any legislative agenda taken up by Clinton, in case she is elected. On the other hand, Trump's victory could lead to a prompt demise of outgoing President and Democrat member Barack Obama's health reforms.
In what may come as another setback for Hillary Clinton, as per latest reports, Republican Pat Toomey has been re-elected to the Senate from Pennsylvania.
The election of 1832 was unique in the sense that for the first time the candidates were selected during national nominating conventions rather than a congressional caucus or state legislatures. National conventions, which are still used today to officially select party nominees, were started by the Anti-Masonic Party in 1831, and the National Republican and Democratic Parties soon followed suit. The first party conventions were held in Baltimore, Maryland.
After much deliberation, the Anti-Masonic Party chose William Wirt as their presidential nominee, and Richard Rush to be his running mate. The National Republican Party nominated Henry Clay for his second presidential bid, with John Sergeant as the vice presidential nominee for the party. The first Democratic National Convention voted on other matters, such as whether to allow the District of Columbia to cast votes, but the convention did not have an official vote to nominate Andrew Jackson, but simply acknowledged his renomination. Instead, they they cast their votes for the Democratic Party's vice presidential nominee. The votes were divided among Martin Van Buren, Philip Barbour, and Richard Johnson, resulting in Van Buren winning the nomination.
In the nationwide election of 1832, Andrew Jackson won the election by a wide margin of 170 electoral votes, and was reelected as President of the United States. Though Van Buren won the vice presidential nomination at the National Convention, Democratic electors from Pennsylvania cast their votes instead for William Wilkins. Despite this, Van Buren won the vice presidential seat.
John Floyd, who did not campaign for the office, received South Carolina's eleven electoral votes as an independent candidate. Though Wirt, the Anti-Masonic Party candidate, did not receive a high number of electoral votes, he did succeed in impacting the election of 1832 by gaining a number of electoral votes that could have gone to Clay. Still, Jackson won the election by such a wide margin that Clay could not have caught up to him.
The breakdown of candidates and electoral votes was as follows:
|Presidential Candidate||Home State||Party||Electoral Votes||Running Mate|
|Andrew Jackson||Tennessee||Democratic||219||Martin Van Buren|
|Henry Clay||Kentucky||National Republican||49||John Sergeant|
|John Floyd||Virginia||Independent||11||Henry Lee|
|William Wirt||Maryland||Anti-Masonic||7||Amos Ellmaker|
|US Presidential Elections History|