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 Republican frontrunners were Governor of Kansas Alf Landon, William Borah who served in the Senate for Idaho, and publisher Frank Knox. While the progressive candidate, Borah, did well in the primaries, when Landon asked Knox to be his running mate, Landon was chosen easily to be the Republican nominee.
A popular and typically accurate poll was released declaring Landon the election winner by a wide margin. The results of the poll, which came from a publication called The Literary Digest, were based on voluntary response.
Without a random sample, the results were skewed in favor of the Republican candidate, and not representative of public opinion.This failure demonstrated the flaws in the voluntary response method of polling, and changed the way polls were run in the future.
Despite these poll results, Roosevelt won the 1936 election by the widest margin in U.S. history since the formation of the two-party system, losing just eight electoral votes from two states. Franklin D. Roosevelt continued as President of the United States for his second term.
|Presidential Candidate||Home State||Party||Electoral Votes||Running Mate|
|Franklin D. Roosevelt||New York||Democratic||523||John N. Garner|
|Alfred M. Landon||Kansas||Republican||8||Frank Knox|
|William Lemke||North Dakota||Union||0||Thomas C. O'Brien|
|Norman Thomas||New York||Socialist||0||George A. Nelson|
|Earl Browder||Kansas||Communist||0||James W. Ford|
|US Presidential Elections History|