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In the early morning hours of Nov. 9, Republican nominee Donald J. Trump was named the 45th President of the United States of America.
According to unofficial results from the Luzerne County Bureau of Elections out of the 179 of 180 precincts reported, 38.51 percent of voters selected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine while 58.01 percent of the vote went to Trump and Mike Pence. According to CNN, Trump received 289 electoral votes with Clinton following at 218 as of 11:46 a.m.
With this election being a close call from the start of the election season, Pennsylvania became a critical part of the final call.
With 99 percent of the state reported as of 9:40 a.m. this morning, Trump received 49 percent of the overall state vote with Clinton received 48 percent with the remainder of the votes split between Libertarian Gary Johnson, Green Party nominee Jill Stein and Constitution party’s Darrell Castle according to Google Election results.
During his victory speech, Trump expressed gratitude to his opponent and called for unity of the entire country.
“Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country,” Trump said. “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”
At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Kaine and Clinton delivered their concession speech from New Yorker Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.
“She became the first major nominee as a woman and last night won the popular vote,” Kaine said. “She has built such a wonderful team.”
“Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and I offered to work with him,” Clinton said. “I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign we built together.. You represent the best of America and being your candidate has been one of the best honors of my life.”
Clinton offered listeners the hope that Trump will be a president for all Americans and that the president elect deserves respect and a “peaceful transfer” to the presidency.
Across the political spectrum, voters have faced this election season with apprehension and hope, with the consensus being that the American people have spoken.
“Well the American electorate has spoken, and what they have said is that they are angry and tired,” said Wilkes University sophomore and Forty Forty Democratic Councilman Dominic Butchko. “Now we must begin the business of moving forward and seeing this country has a long and bright future. My hope is that Mr. Trump can perhaps carry the weight that this country has placed on his shoulders. Regardless of whether you voted for him or not, we all need to now pray and hope for success because for the next four years, he is our president.”
While the presidency now sits with Republicans, the House and Senate majority has also shifted to the right. According to Politico, Democrats hold 191 House seats with Republicans at 235. In the Senate, Democrats hold 45 and Republicans hold 51 seats.
“It was a big night for Luzerne County,” said Luzerne County Republican Party Chairman Ron Ferrance. “We played a key role in getting the state for Donald Trump.”
The Senate race in Pennsylvania was just as intense and satisfying Ferrance explained as incumbent Republican Pat Toomey won against Democrat Katie McGinty. “McGinty would have been bad for Pennsylvania,” Ferrance said, adding that the Supreme Court seat is selected from Senate approval.
Ferrance explained that the county had set goals for voters this election and the results showed that the people responded.
“The Countries going to change direction from where it was,” he explained. “He’s going to look at it from a different way than anyone else.. As a businessman.”
Trump will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017.