UP IN THE AIR

CLIN­TON UNDERPERFORMS ES­TI­MATES, RACE TOO CLOSE TO CALL

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - — Don­ald Trump, Tues­day morn­ing By Julie Pace and Robert Furlow

TRUMP DE­FIES POLLS AS PENN­SYL­VA­NIA PLAYS KEY ROLE IN TIGHT RACE “I see so many hopes and so many dreams out there that didn’t hap­pen, that could have hap­pened, with lead­er­ship, with proper lead­er­ship.”

Don­ald Trump cap­tured cru­cial vic­to­ries over Hil­lary Clin­ton Tues­day night in Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, show­ing re­mark­able strength in three of the na­tion’s most fiercely fought bat­tle­ground states in an un­ex­pect­edly tight race for the pres­i­dency. Clin­ton car­ried Ne­vada, Vir­ginia and Colorado, as well as Cal­i­for­nia, the na­tion’s largest prize. With a hand­ful of other states still un­de­cided as the race lurched past mid­night, nei­ther can­di­date had cleared the 270 Elec­toral Col­lege votes needed to win the White House. ¶ Michi­gan and Wis­con­sin, two Mid­west­ern pow­er­houses that haven’t voted for a Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date since the 1980s, took on un­ex­pected im­por­tance. Clin­ton’s cam­paign had largely taken both for granted, but made a late push in Michi­gan in the race’s fi­nal days.

The un­cer­tainty sent Dow Jones fu­tures and Asian mar­kets tum­bling, re­flect­ing in­vestor con­cern over what a Trump pres­i­dency might mean for the econ­omy and trade.

As Clin­ton’s team anx­iously waited for re­sults to roll in, the can­di­date tweeted to sup­port­ers, “What­ever hap­pens tonight, thank you for ev­ery­thing.”

Clin­ton, a fix­ture in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics for decades, was hop­ing to be­come the first woman to serve as com­man­der in chief. Her race against Trump, a celebrity busi­ness­man with no po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, was among the nas­ti­est in re­cent mem­ory, ex­pos­ing and deep­en­ing the na­tion’s eco­nomic and racial di­vides.

Exit polls un­der­scored the di­vi­sions that have de­fined the 2016 con­test. Women na­tion­wide sup­ported Clin­ton by a dou­ble-digit

mar­gin, while men were sig­nif­i­cantly more likely to back Trump. More than half of white vot­ers backed the Repub­li­can, while nearly 9 in 10 blacks and two-thirds of His­pan­ics voted for the Demo­crat.

Democrats’ path to re­tak­ing the Se­nate ma­jor­ity nar­rowed as Repub­li­cans held onto key seats in North Carolina, In­di­ana and Florida. The GOP held the House for an­other two years.

Democrats, as well as some Repub­li­cans, ex­pected Trump’s un­con­ven­tional can­di­dacy would dam­age down-bal­lot races and even flip some reli­ably red states in the pres­i­den­tial race. But Trump held on to Repub­li­can ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing in Ge­or­gia and Utah, where Clin­ton’s cam­paign con­fi­dently in­vested re­sources.

The 45th pres­i­dent will in­herit an anx­ious na­tion, deeply di­vided by eco­nomic and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties, race and cul­ture. The econ­omy has re­bounded from the depths of re­ces­sion, though many Amer­i­cans have yet to ben­e­fit. New ter­ror threats from

home and abroad have raised se­cu­rity fears.

Clin­ton asked vot­ers to keep the White House in her party’s hands for a third straight term. She cast her­self as heir to Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s le­gacy and pledged to make good on his un­fin­ished agenda, in­clud­ing pass­ing im­mi­gra­tion leg­is­la­tion, tight­en­ing re­stric­tions on guns and tweak­ing his sig­na­ture health care law.

But she strug­gled through­out the race with per­sis­tent ques­tions about her hon­esty and trust­wor­thi­ness. Those trou­bles flared anew late in the race, when FBI Direc­tor James Comey an­nounced a re­view of new emails from her ten­ure at the State De­part­ment. On Sun­day, just two days before Elec­tion Day, Comey said there was noth­ing in the ma­te­rial to war­rant crim­i­nal charges against Clin­ton.

Trump, the New York real es­tate de­vel­oper who lives in a gold-plated Man­hat­tan pent­house, forged a strik­ing con­nec­tion with white, work­ing-class Amer­i­cans who feel left be­hind in the chang­ing econ­omy and di­ver­si­fy­ing coun­try. He cast im­mi­gra­tion, both from Latin Amer­ica and the Mid­dle East, as the root of many prob­lems plagu­ing the na­tion and called for build­ing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico bor­der.

“I see so many hopes and so many dreams out there that didn’t hap­pen, that could have hap­pened, with lead­er­ship, with proper lead­er­ship,” he said by tele­phone on Fox News before cast­ing his own bal­lot in Man­hat­tan. “And peo­ple are hurt so badly.”

Seven in 10 Amer­i­cans who went to the polls Tues­day said im­mi­grants now in the coun­try il­le­gally should be al­lowed to stay, while just a quar­ter said they should be de­ported. More than half op­pose build­ing a bor­der wall, ac­cord­ing to the exit polls, which were con­ducted for The As­so­ci­ated Press and tele­vi­sion net­works by Edi­son Re­search.

The Repub­li­can Party’s tor­tured re­la­tion­ship with its nom­i­nee was ev­i­dent right up to the end. For­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush and wife Laura Bush de­clined to back Trump, in­stead se­lect­ing “none of the above” when they voted for pres­i­dent, ac­cord­ing to spokesman Freddy Ford.

Trump set both par­ties on edge when he re­fused to say in the third and fi­nal de­bate whether he would ac­cept the elec­tion’s re­sults, cit­ing with no ev­i­dence the pos­si­bil­ity of a rigged out­come. His state­ment threat­ened to un­der­mine a fun­da­men­tal pil­lar of Amer­i­can democ­racy and raised the prospect that his fer­vent sup­port­ers would not view Clin­ton as a le­git­i­mate pres­i­dent if she won.

Asked Tues­day in an in­ter­view with Fox News if he would ac­cept the elec­tion re­sults, Trump con­tin­ued to de­mur, say­ing “We’re go­ing to see how things play out.”

Most prob­lems that did pop up at polling places Tues­day ap­peared to be rou­tine — the kinds of snags that come ev­ery four years, in­clud­ing long lines, ma­chines not work­ing prop­erly and is­sues with bal­lots or voter rolls.

Even before Tues­day, al­most 45 mil­lion peo­ple had cast bal­lots for pres­i­dent. Many ex­pressed re­lief the end was in sight af­ter an elec­tion sea­son in which per­sonal at­tacks of­ten drowned out the is­sues.

Clin­ton has de­nounced Trump for calling Mex­i­can im­mi­grants “rapists” and pro­mot­ing a ban on Mus­lims en­ter­ing the U.S., and for his long line of re­marks about women that cul­mi­nated in an au­dio in which he bragged about grab­bing their gen­i­tals. Her cam­paign was hop­ing high turnout among His­pan­ics push her over the top in states like Florida and Ne­vada.

“I grew up in a His­panic fam­ily, and the way that Don­ald Trump has re­ferred to il­le­gal im­mi­grants — be­ing from il­le­gal im­mi­grants, I took that to heart,” said An­gel Salazar, a 22-year-old san­i­ta­tion as­so­ci­ate from Ok­la­homa City. “I don’t like any­thing that he said. I don’t like his views. So I voted for Hil­lary Clin­ton be­cause she sup­ports us.”

EVAN VUCCI — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Sup­port­ers of Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump watch elec­tion re­sults dur­ing an elec­tion night rally Tues­day in New York.

RICHARD DRE — AN­DREW HARNIK

In this photo com­bi­na­tion, Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton greets sup­port­ers af­ter vot­ing in Chap­paqua, N.Y., and Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump waves af­ter vot­ing in New York, Tues­day.

FRANK FRANKLIN II — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Sup­port­ers watch elec­tion re­sults dur­ing Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton’s elec­tion night rally in the Ja­cob Jav­its Cen­ter glass en­closed lobby in New York, Tues­day.

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