And the winner of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, as reported by the major mainstream media outlets is Donald Trump. It has also been reported that Hillary Clinton called President-elect Donald Trump to concede.
Electoral vote count (so far): 279 for Donald Trump, 218 for Hillary Clinton. 270 electoral votes are needed to win.
Popular vote: 57,227,164 votes (48.0%) for Donald Trump, 56,279,305 votes (47.2%) for Hillary Clinton. Update: Now it is closer to 59,085,795 votes (47.5%) for Donald Trump and 59,236,903 votes (47.6%) for Hillary Clinton.
Yell, scream, gnash teeth... but please keep it civil.
Results at CNN, NYT, FiveThirtyEight, Wikipedia.
takyon: Republicans have retained control of the House and Senate.
Here's some market news:
Dow futures plunge nearly 750 points as investors warily eye electoral map
Asian markets plummet on likelihood of Trump victory
Bitcoin price soars as Trump pulls ahead
Opinion: How to profit from a Donald Trump victory
Ballot measure results will be covered in an upcoming story. Some initial results can be found at Ballotpedia and CNN.
[TMB Note: Stop breaking stuff, cmn32480]
First on their list of people the Democrats are likely to blame: Bernie Sanders and his supporters [slate.com]. The Clinton people hated Bernie Sanders with a passion they never really unleashed on Trump. Why? Because if Bernie had won, they were all out of a job as he cleaned house, whereas with a Trump victory they can just get back to raising $2700 at a time from rich donors for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee 2018. Sanders threatened their system and their livelihoods far more than Trump did.
And yes, they are already blaming sexism [salon.com], ignoring the fact that the problem for many wasn't with women in general but Hillary Clinton in particular. Furthermore, the simple fact that they would routinely respond to very legitimate criticism of Hillary Clinton with "You're only saying that because she's a woman" was completely unhelpful to Hillary Clinton and to combating sexism. As in, I would mention something like "But what about escalating the civil war in Syria?" and get back "Sexism!"
I'm sure they'll at some point claim that Jill Stein cost them the election. But she didn't, not even close. (For that matter, Ralph Nader didn't in 2000 either [reason.com] despite the constant drumbeat of "Remember Ralph Nader" whenever a liberal-type person considers breaking away from the Democratic Party.)
And of course, some are blaming Julian Assange, some are blaming James Comey, and still others are blaming Vladimir Putin. Of course, none of that would have mattered had (a) Clinton used the email system provided by the US State Department like everybody else for her official emails, and (b) not been engaged in unethical practices left and right. I mean, imagine if everybody who had looked through the emails came away with the impression "Wow, what a dedicated and intelligent public servant, with a team around her of really smart people with an eye towards what's best for America and her citizens." That's not what they found, despite attempt after attempt by Clinton allies in the media to downplay what was there.
But the reality is very simple: Roughly 2/3 of Trump supporters said they knew he was a scumbag, but absolutely couldn't under any circumstances back Clinton. And the blame for that falls squarely on Clinton.