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.
At the Republican National Convention, delegates had to choose between incumbent President Chester A. Arthur, Speaker of the House James G. Blaine of Maine, and Senator George F. Edmunds. Blaine won the nomination easily, and became the party's presidential candidate. John A. Logan beat out the rest of the candidates to become the vice presidential candidate and running mate to Blaine.
Third parties with candidates running in the 1884 election were the Prohibition Party and the Equal Rights Party, which had formerly promoted the first woman presidential candidate, Victoria Woodhull. For the Prohibition Party's third attempt at a presidential election, they chose John St. John and William Daniel to represent the party. The Equal Rights Party selected Belva Ann Lockwood as presidential candidate, who noted that she herself was still not eligible to vote in the election.
During the campaigns, Blaine's association with the infamous Mulligan letters, which implicated him in a scandal for selling his congressional influence to businessmen, severely damaged his character. Blaine lost the state of New York, which cost him the election, by his campaign spokesman offending Catholic voters in an offhand statement.
Grover Cleveland stood in contrast to Blaine with a strong track record of his integrity, until it came out that he had fathered an illegitimate son. However, his campaign handled the scandal well, being upfront and open about Cleveland's role, which was a successful strategy.
The 1884 election was a close race, ultimately decided by New York, which gave its 36 electors to Cleveland. Cleveland had won the state by a tiny margin of just over a thousand popular votes. Those 36 electoral votes were enough to secure the win for Cleveland, and he became the twenty-second President of the United States.
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