TRUMP-IN-CHIEF

US BIL­LION­AIRE SNATCHES SHOCK ELEC­TION VIC­TORY

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE -

De­spite a cam­paign laced with mis­steps and scan­dals, Trump nar­rowly de­feated his Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton in an elec­tion that went right down to the wire.

BIL­LION­AIRE DE­VEL­OPER Don­ald Trump pulled off a shocker last night when he was elected pres­i­dent of the United States.

De­spite a cam­paign laced with mis­steps and scan­dals, Trump nar­rowly de­feated his Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton in an elec­tion that went right down to the wire like most opin­ion polls pre­dicted.

Be­fore Trump was de­clared the win­ner, the US Em­bassy in Kingston last night sought to al­lay con­cerns among Ja­maicans, an­nounc­ing that sev­eral of the ini­tia­tives started by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama would con­tinue, re­gard­less of the out­come of the poll.

UP TO press time this morn­ing, the ma­jor net­works in the United States were in­di­cat­ing that busi­ness­man Don­ald Trump was on his way to be­com­ing pres­i­dent-elect of that coun­try.

Cap­ping a pres­i­den­tial cam­paign of venom, au­dac­ity and his­tory, Don­ald Trump scored ma­jor vic­to­ries in Florida, Ohio and North Carolina yes­ter­day, build­ing steam in a stun­ningly com­pet­i­tive con­test with Hil­lary Clin­ton that raged across bat­tle­grounds late into the night.

Clin­ton pock­eted Vir­ginia – a squeaker like Florida – and both can­di­dates rolled up vic­to­ries in their pre­dictable strongholds. But noth­ing else was pre­dictable as the man who faced a nar­row path to the pres­i­dency inched closer to it, in an elec­tion that laid bare the di­vi­sions gnaw­ing at the na­tion.

Trump flipped Iowa, a state that twice voted for Demo­crat Barack Obama. He won Utah, a slam-dunk for most Repub­li­cans but a state where many diehard Repub­li­cans were said to find him in­tol­er­a­ble.

Both can­di­dates left mul­ti­tudes of Amer­i­cans dis­sat­is­fied with their choices.

STRUG­GLE FOR VOT­ERS

The strug­gle over who to sup­port was voiced by two vot­ers in In­de­pen­dence, Mis­souri, af­ter cast­ing their bal­lots.

“I had such a hard time, harder than I’ve ever had,” said Joyce Day­hill, 59, a school bus driver who “re­luc­tantly” voted for Trump. “I just prayed on it as hard as I could and felt this was the right de­ci­sion.”

Said Clin­ton voter Richard Cle­venger, 58: “I think Trump’s not sta­ble. But I can’t say there was re­ally any­thing Hil­lary’s shown me that made me feel like vot­ing for her. But Trump just doesn’t know what the hell he’s do­ing, and he’s sur­rounded by the Mickey Mouse Club.”

The first states to be de­cided Tues­day night pro­duced ex­pected re­sults: Ken­tucky, In­di­ana, Ok­la­homa, West Vir­ginia, South Carolina and Ten­nessee went for Trump; Ver­mont, Mas­sachusetts, Mary­land, New Jer­sey, Delaware and the Dis­trict of Columbia for Clin­ton.

In later waves, Trump added Texas, Kansas, Ge­or­gia and more to his col­umn while Clin­ton took New York and Illi­nois, each reap­ing sig­nif­i­cant gains in the con­test for 270 elec­toral votes but still search­ing for a break­out. Trump’s trio of wins in Florida, Ohio and North Carolina may have pro­vided it.

Con­trol of the Sen­ate also hung in the bal­ance on a night that was re­shap­ing the po­lit­i­cal cal­cu­lus in Washington, a dozen gov­er­nors’ of­fices and state­houses.

At press time, Trump was lead­ing in Michi­gan, Wis­con­sin, Ari­zona, and Penn­syl­va­nia with 254 of the 270 Elec­toral Col­lege votes that he needs to win. Clin­ton had 215 votes. The me­dia were re­port­ing that Trump was pre­par­ing his vic­tory speech and that he would be gra­cious.

AP PHO­TOS

Brett Bur­ton (cen­tre) and other sup­port­ers of Don­ald Trump cheer while watch­ing Florida elec­tion re­turns last night at the Hy­att River­front in Jack­sonville, Florida.

AP

A guest re­acts as she watches re­sults on a tele­vi­sion screen dur­ing Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton’s elec­tion night rally in the Ja­cob Jav­its Cen­ter glass-en­closed lobby in New York yes­ter­day.

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