Who won the U.S. 2016 presidential election? Why?

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Student’s Name: Instructor’s Name: Course: Date: Introduction The Elections in America took place on November 8, 2016, after several months of campaigning by the contesting parties. The presidential aspirants included Donald Trump of the Republican Party, Hillary Clinton of the Democrats, Libertarian's party Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein of the Green Party. The campaign brought about new dimensions in politics and yielded unexpected results. Winner of the 2016 Presidential Election The Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential elections after defeating his fellow aspirants including most people’s favorite Hillary Clinton (Flegenheimer & Barbaro N.p). Donald Trump won the elections as he garnered more Electoral College votes, 303 votes, as compared to Hillary Clinton’s 232 electoral votes. Trump won with a majority of the electoral votes in the Swing states including Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Florida, for instance, was considered a traditional voting block for Democrats. Trump used economic populism and nationalism overtones in his campaigns. His slogan "To Make America Great Again" made him popular among many white Americans who harbor beliefs that America has lost its position as the world leader. His economic policies of bringing back manufacturing jobs back to America to create jobs also increased his popularity amongst the people hence his election. Impact of the Electoral College The Electoral College played a significant role in determining the winner of the American Election. A candidate who gathers more than 270 Electoral College votes is declared winner irrespective of the outcome of the majority

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