At 02:40 Eastern Time, CNN announced to the world that Hillary Clinton had called Donald Trump to personally concede the 2016 Presidential election. The announcement came less than an hour after the Clinton Campaign Chair, John Podesta, announced to the adoring Democratic crowd that “several states are too close to call, so we are not going to have anything more to say tonight” effectively announcing to the world that Clinton had no intention of conceding to Trump.
With 34 electoral college votes still up for grabs, spread across Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nebraska and Maine; Trump ended the night as the President-elect with 289 electoral college votes over Hillary’s 215.
As John Podesta’s announcement would suggest there was a high level of confusion as to whether the race was over. The confusion which was reflected in the variety of races called by media outlets.
In a ‘Brexit’ style victory, Trump won Florida, Ohio and North Carolina to inspire a clear the road for one of the greatest upsets in modern American politics. Victories in Florida, Ohio and North Carolina may have paved the way but it was the key battleground victories in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Wisconsin that confirmed the overwhelming Trump victory.
Elsewhere away from the Presidential race, the Republican party retained their control of both the House and Senate. However, both the House and Senate majorities shrank for the 115th Congress.
This is the first time since George W. Bush and the 108th and 109th Congresses that the Government was unified under the Republican name. The last time government was unified under a single party name, however, was during the 111th Congress, of 2009 to 2011, during the Obama administration.
Similarly, notable stories from last night’s election are the now majority of states in which medical marijuana is now legal, along with the rise in a number of states in which recreational marijuana has become legal. Colorado, a pioneer of the legalization of recreational marijuana, took a similar landmark move in voting to approve proposition 106 and the “right-to-die-law”. Colorado became the sixth state to legalize assisted suicide following in the footsteps of Washington, Oregon, California, Vermont, and Montana.