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U.S. Presidential Election, 2016
Hillary Rodham Clinton2 Donald Trump
Nominee Hillary Clinton Donald Trump
Party Democratic Republican
Home state New York New York
Running mate Tim Kaine Mike Pence
Electoral vote 336 167
States carried 26 + DC 20
Popular vote 50,217,834 31,857,221
Percentage 36% 23%
Garyjohnsonphoto Jill Stein
Nominee Gary Johnson Jill Stein
Party Libertarian Green
Home state New Mexico Massachusetts
Running mate Bill Weld Ajamu Bakara
Electoral vote 24 11
States carried 3 1
Popular vote 28,193,381 16,871,195
Percentage 20% 12%
ElectoralCollege2016v4

The 2016 United States Presidential Election was the 58th Presidential Election in the US. It was the most important Presidential Election in US history, as it marked the end of the Republican Party and the beginning of third parties on the debate stage. It also marked the first time a woman was elected to the Presidency. It was also the first time the runner-up was neither a Democrat nor a Republican since Theodore Roosevelt in 1912. It was the first time Texas voted Democratic since Jimmy Carter carried the state in 1976 and the first time Oklahoma voted Democratic since Lyndon B. Johnson carried the state in 1964.

Background

Article Two of the United States Constitution provides that for a person to be elected and serve as President of the United States, the individual must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, at least 35 years old, and a resident of the United States for a period of no less than 14 years. Candidates for the presidency typically seek the nomination of one of the various political parties of the United States, in which case each party devises a method (such as a primary election) to choose the candidate the party deems best suited to run for the position. The primary elections are usually indirect elections where voters cast ballots for a slate of party delegates pledged to a particular candidate. The party's delegates then officially nominate a candidate to run on the party's behalf. The general election in November is also an indirect election, where voters cast ballots for a slate of members of the Electoral College; these electors in turn directly elect the President and Vice President.

The incumbent, President Barack Obama, a Democrat and former U.S. Senator from Illinois, was ineligible to seek reelection to a third term due to restrictions of the Twenty-second Amendment.

Candidates

Democrats

  • Hillary Clinton (Age 69), former Secretary of State from New York (Nominee)
  • Bernie Sanders (Age 75), US Senator from Vermont (Withdrew 7/12/16)
  • Martin O' Malley (Age 53), Former Governor of Maryland (Withdrew 2/1/16)
  • Lincoln Chaffee (Age 63), Former Governor of Rhode Island (Withdrew 10/23/15)
  • Jim Webb (Age 70), Former US Senator from Virginia (Withdrew 10/20/15)
  • Lawrence Lessig (Age 55), Harvard Law School Professor (Withdrew 11/2/15)

Republicans

  • Donald Trump (Age 70), CEO of the Trump Organization (Nominee)
  • Ted Cruz (Age 46), US Senator from Texas (Withdrew 5/3/16)
  • John Kasich (Age 64), Governor of Ohio (Withdrew 5/4/16)
  • Marco Rubio (Age 45), US Senator from Florida (Withdrew 3/15/16)
  • Ben Carson (Age 65), Former Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery for John Hopkins Hospital from Florida (Withdrew 3/4/16)
  • Jeb Bush (Age 63), Former Governor of Florida (Withdrew 2/20/16)
  • Rand Paul (Age 53), US Senator from Kentucky (Withdrew 2/3/16)
  • Chris Christie (Age 54), Governor of New Jersey (Withdrew 2/10/16) (VP Nominee)
  • Mike Huckabee (Age 61), Former Governor of Arkansas (Withdrew 2/1/16)
  • Carly Fiorina (Age 62), Former CEO on Hewlett-Packard (Withdrew 2/10/16)
  • Rick Santorum (Age 58), Former US Senator from Pennsylvania (Withdrew 2/1/16)
  • Jim Gilmore (Age 67), Former Governor of Virginia (Withdrew 2/12/16)
  • Scott Walker (Age 49), Governor of Wisconsin (Withdrew 9/21/15)
  • Rick Perry (Age 66), Former Governor of Texas (Withdrew 9/11/15)
  • Bobby Jindal (Age 45), Former Governor of Louisiana (Withdrew 11/17/15)
  • Lindsey Graham (Age 61), US Senator from South Carolina (Withdrew 12/21/15)
  • George Pataki (Age 71), Former Governor of New York (Withdrew 12/29/15)

Libertarian

  • Gary Johnson, Former Governor of New Mexico (Nominee)
  • John McAffee, businessman from Tennessee
  • Austin Peters, Owner of The Libertarian Republic from Missouri
  • Rhett Smith, Security Officer
  • Marc Allen Feldman, Owner of Openivo, Inc
  • Jack Robinson, Jr. businessman
  • Darryl W. Perry, Owner and Managing Editor of Free Press Publications
  • Derrick Michael Reid, political analyst
  • Keenan Dunham
  • Shawna Joy Sterling, Pastoral Counselor

Campaign

The results of the controversial Republican nomination attracted national media attention throughout the summer leaving the campaign of Secretary Clinton low key and out of the spotlight, but left the Republican party fractured as many Republicans outright refused to support Trump, and instead turned to the Libertarian ticket.

During the general election campaign Trump's main arguments against Clinton were that she would be a continuation of the Obama administration's debt-growing and big-spending policies. His policies focused on the economy, promising to dismantle Obamacare and cut entitlement spending. He was bombastic and aggressive, accusing her of being another gun-grabbing socialist. He also mentioned her role in the 2012 Benghazi attack on numerous occasions in an effort to cast doubt on her trustworthiness. 

Trump and Clinton attacked Johnson and Stein as "fringe" candidates who have no chance of winning. Trump also attacked Johnson for being a baby-killing, gay, pothead. Clinton attacked him for allowing Wall St to get away with taxes and allowing terrorists to get guns. 

Clinton on the other hand attempted to paint Trump as a nativist, a xenophobe, a racist, and a misogynist, reminding the nation repeatedly of the polarizing statements he made throughout the primaries. She promised to take meaningful action on the war against drugs and further extend social healthcare benefits. Her foreign policy proposals and hawkishness were uncontested. Bill Clinton made an impact on the campaign trail, appearing many times on her behalf to explain differences in policy.

Debates

There were 3 Presidential Debates and 1 VP Debate.

  • P1: September 26, 2016 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Clinton and Trump participated.
  • VP: October 4, 2016 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Castro, Christie, and Weld participated.
  • P2: October 9, 2016 at Washington University in St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri. Clinton, Trump, and Johnson participated.
  • P3: October 19, 2016 at University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. Clinton, Trump, Johnson, and Stein participated.

Results

Hillary Clinton got a majority of Electors.

Winning Candidate's Percentage in Bold

State Electors Clinton (D) Trump (R) Johnson (L) Stein (G) Others
Alabama 9 29% 57% 10% 4% 0%
Alaska 3 19% 45% 23% 1% 11%
Arizona 11 18% 30% 38% 3% 1%
Arkansas 6 35% 37% 20% 3% 5%
California 55 39% 16% 24% 15% 6%
Colorado 9 36% 16% 30% 15% 2%
Connecticut 7 42% 31% 10% 17% 0%
Delaware 3 45% 12% 15% 20% 8%
District of Columbia 3 78% 4% 6% 12% 0%
Florida 29 40.1% 39.9% 9% 8% 3%
Georgia 16 29% 65% 6% 0% 0%
Hawaii 4 70% 7% 3% 15% 5%
Idaho 4 39% 57% 2% 1% 1%
Illinois 20 43% 39% 15% 3% 0%
Indiana 11 39% 51% 10% 0% 0%
Iowa 6 40% 38% 9% 5% 8%
Kansas 6 25% 33% 28% 14% 0%
Kentucky 8 17% 30% 39% 11% 3%
Louisiana 8 30% 57% 8% 3% 2%
Maine 4 42% 20% 11% 23% 4%
Maryland 10 35% 31% 12% 22% 0%
Massachusetts 11 30% 10% 21% 39% 0%
Michigan 16 37% 32% 8% 15% 8%
Minnesota 10 59% 36% 1% 2% 1%
Mississippi 6 32% 48% 12% 5% 3%
Missouri 10 30% 39% 19% 10% 2%
Montana 3 32% 52% 10% 6% 0%
Nebraska 5 28% 64% 7% 1% 0%
Nevada 6 40% 22% 27% Not on Ballot 1%
New Hampshire 4 38% 37% 10% 15% 4%
New Jersey 14 31% 28% 24% 25% 2%
New Mexico 5 20% 6% 64% 8% 2%
New York 29 67% 10% 7% 9% 7%
North Carolina 15 41% 22% 37% 0% 0%
North Dakota 3 23% 57% 14% 2% 4%
Ohio 18 37% 20% 25% 18% 0%
Oklahoma 7 30% 43% 27% Not on Ballot 0%
Oregon 7 43% 20% 25% 15% 7%
Pennsylvania 20 45% 32% 3% 7% 12%
Rhode Island 4 47% 20% 10% 15% 8%
South Carolina 9 40% 54% 3% 2% 1%
South Dakota 3 34% 43% 18% Not on Ballot 5%
Tennessee 11 30% 34% 23% 12% 1%
Texas 38 31% 40% 18% 11% 0%
Utah 6 10% 40% 38% 5% 8%
Vermont 3 43% 8% 5% 43% 1%
Virginia 13 40% 39% 12% 5% 4%
Washington 12 43% 32% 3% 20% 2%
West Virginia 5 35% 25% 33% 4% 3%
Wisconsin 10 39% 37% 10% 12% 2%
Wyoming 3 10% 54% 32% 3% 1%

Battleground States

Decided by less than 5%

Florida (D): 40.1% to Donald Trump's 39.9%

Vermont (D): 43% to Jill Stein's 43%

Virginia (D): 40% to Donald Trump's 39%

Arizona (L): 31% to Hillary Clinton's 30%

Ohio (D): 32% to Donald Trump's 30%

Wisconsin (D): 39% to Donald Trump's 37%

Iowa (D): 40% to Donald Trump's 38%

West Virginia (D): 35% to Johnson's 33%

Arkansas (R): 37% to Hillary Clinton's 35%

New Jersey (D): 31% to Donald Trump's 28%

North Carolina (D): 38% to Gary Johnson's 35%

Maryland (D): 32% to Donald Trump's 28%

Illinois (D): 43% to Donald Trump's 39%

5-10% MOV

Michigan (D): 37% to Donald Trump's 32%

Kansas (R): 37% to Gary Johnson's 32%

Colorado (D): 36% to Gary Johnson's 30%

Texas (R): 40.1% to Hillary Clinton's 31.2%

Missouri (R): 39% to Hillary Clinton's 30%

Massachusetts (G): 38% to Hillary Clinton's 29%

South Dakota (R): 40% to Hillary Clinton's 30%

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