No one, maybe not even Donald J. Trump himself, could have predicted an outcome like this. Faced with a significant polling deficit in several critical swing states, the Republican nominee looked to meet a humbling end in much the same manner as Mitt Romney did in 2012.
But in the end, Donald J. Trump got his miracle, breaching Hillary Clinton‘s firewall in a stunning Election Night performance. According to the New York Times‘ latest forecast of tonight’s election, Mr. Trump will become the next President of the United States, capturing over 300 electoral votes in a historic Rust Belt surge.
The night began with a nail-biter in Florida, where Mr. Trump overcame an initial deficit to clinch the state with a one-point victory. In North Carolina, the Republican nominee improved upon Mitt Romney’s 2012 performance, winning the state by four points to Mr. Romney’s two.
After Mr. Trump scored a stunning 9-point victory in Ohio, however, his momentum became unstoppable. A massive surge across the Rust Belt put Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota in danger. With nearly all precincts reporting in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, Mr. Trump is set to win both states, and according to the New York Times’ Upshot model, he is likely to capture Michigan by the end of the night.
At this hour, we are still awaiting speeches from both candidates, as the votes are still being counted in several close state races. But there is no doubt whatsoever that this night has marked the beginning of a fundamental transformation of American politics. With a Trump victory, Republicans will control the presidency, both houses of Congress, and majorities of state governorships and legislatures across the country.
This is a historic night.