Trump has won Arizona, giving him the final votes he needed to win the US Presidential election 2016.
The Republican candidate now only needs twelve votes to win the election.
It has been announced that Maine has reached a split vote, the only state apart from Nebraska to do so.
Trump has been announced to have won Alaska’s three votes, and the republican is hoping for key state Pennsylvania’s twenty votes
4:35: Trump has also been confirmed to have won Iowa, another of the swing states.
4:32am: It’s the result we’ve all been waiting for- Florida was the biggest swing state in this election, with 29 electoral votes up for grabs. After hours of waiting and deliberation, it has been confirmed that they have voted for Donald Trump, putting him ahead of the democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, by twenty votes.
Trump’s policies have proved to be controversial and his most famous is building a wall along the Mexican border. However, his policies regarding healthcare and crime are often swamped by the more controversial ideas.
A large amount of Trump’s policies relating to healthcare are directly aimed at war veterans, especially the VA, which is a government run benefit system for war veterans in the USA. Such policies include Appoint a VA secretary with a sole purpose to serve veterans, ending fraud and abuse at the VA and firing “corrupt and incompetent” VA executives.
Trump claims that he will increase the funding for PTSD, traumatic brain injury and suicide prevention services which will have a high emphasis on veterans. As stated on Donaldjtrump.com he wants to “Ensure our veterans get the care they need wherever and whenever they need it.” Trump also wants to scrap Obamacare and replace it with the Health Savings Accounts.
Trump has 6 policies relating to crime, 3 relating to drugs and 3 over the right to bear arms, he aims to allow states to legalize marijuana if they chose to do so in an attempt to make drugs safer by taking them out of the hands of gangs and untrusted dealers. In an attempt to make this happen, Trump wants to bring back and expand on programs like Project Exile, which targeted felons caught carrying firearms. The consequences were harsher sentences, no option of bail, and no potential for early release.
4:20am: Trump has been confirmed to have won swing state, Utah, with six more electoral votes.
4:00am: In the latest set of announcements, Clinton has taken Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, and California,while Trump has taken North Carolina. This puts Clinton in the lead for now, but with many people speculating that Trump is likely to win Florida, that could all change.
We will keep you updated as more comes in.
So, as the race for presidency unfolds, so have the opinions of the world on twitter. It’s a close call with opinions that are just as close cut as the battle thats coming to a close.
One way or another, history will surely be made tonight.
Let it be the good kind. Please, please let it be the good kind. #ElectionNight
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 8, 2016
Regardless of results, I’m struggling that so many Americans voted for a racist man who sexually assaults women. #ElectionNight
— Annie E. Clark (@aelizabethclark) November 9, 2016
It’s not that we underestimated Trump. It’s that we overestimated the character of American voters.
— Poisonous Skittle (@feistybunnygirl) November 9, 2016
What Donald Trump has already proven tonight: He is not alone in his views. Not by a long shot.
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) November 9, 2016
Anyone who supports Trump apparently is racist, & a bigot.
Anyone who supports Hillary apparently supports treachery, lies & is uneducated
— Omega My Guy Pro (@OmegaProYT) November 9, 2016
Good luck, Mr Trump, you’ve run the most courageous campaign in history, now the world needs you to win a great victory. #Election2016
— George Huxley (@George_Huxley) November 8, 2016
— Jacob McGregor (@JakeMcG99) November 7, 2016
The 2016 US presidential election has been surrounded by controversy for months. On election night, it is essential to take a step back from the disputes and look at what each candidate has envisioned for the country.
Hillary Clinton has taken a strong stance on social issues such as women’s rights, including their right to safe, legal abortions and equal pay. Clinton also extends her support to members of the LGBTQ community, unlike Trump’s running mate Mike Pence, who has supported conversion therapy for most of his political career.
“No future generation of LGBT Americans should live in a country that doesn’t embrace their full and equal rights,” Clinton said in a statement for The Washington Post.
Clinton also remains strong in her vow to create a path to citizenship for undocumented Mexican immigrants. Deportation of the 11 million immigrants and their families is not in her game plan. She also refuses her opponents call for additional screening of Muslim immigrants as they enter the country, defending their first amendment right to freedom of religion.
Regarding social programs, Clinton does not want to cut social security funding and would prefer to expand it. She does not support calls to raise the retirement age above 65 arguing that it would be unfair to current seniors who have worked for their savings. Obamacare would also have support under the Clinton administration. The healthcare system would be amended to better serve more Americans, as opposed to repealing it entirely.
Lastly, one of her most controversial policies is gun restrictions. Clinton would tighten gun laws, making it more difficult for anyone with a criminal record to get a gun. Background checks would be implemented and ammunition capacities would be set.
The latest update shows Hillary Clinton has taken New Mexico.
This means she now has 104 votes, putting her just behind trump who has 138 votes.
The biggest ‘swing state’, Florida is still being said to be too close to call.
With many results left to come in the race isn’t quite over yet.
Rebecca Iles and Jade Padam
Trump takes six more states: Texas, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Louisiana.
Clinton takes New York and Connecticut.