By Sydney Kightlinger and Kaitlyn Walsh, editor in chief and features editor
For the first time since 1988, Pennsylvania’s electorate has voted Republican for the office of the president. And early on Nov. 9, Republican Donald J. Trump (helped in part by Pennsylvania’s swing) won the election by surpassing the mark of 270 electoral votes. His ability to capture key states like Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, and Pennsylvania in addition to states that normally vote Republican carried him to victory with 289 electoral votes at this point.
Locally, Trump won Crawford County with 67.2 percent of the vote (23,912 votes). These results seem in accordance with the result of the Saegertown Jr. Sr. High School’s mock election where Trump captured 65.6 percent of the vote, while Hillary Clinton polled at 21 percent. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson won 11.2 percent of the vote, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein held 2.2 percent.
Maplewood Jr. Sr. High School polled similarly, with Trump receiving 63 percent of the vote. Johnson polled at 16.7 percent, Clinton at 14.9 percent, and Stein at 5.5 percent.
The local results did not mirror the national popular vote. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton captured the popular vote with 47.7 percent compared to Trump’s 47.5 percent. This is the fifth time in american history a president-elect has won the electoral college, but lost the popular vote.
Final results from Minnesota, Michigan, and New Hampshire have not been released as of press time.
Trump will be inaugurated on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.
Journalism Adviser, Saegertown Jr. Sr. High School