Just after 3:00 a.m. this morning, November 9, 2016, Republican Donald Trump finished his acceptance speech in New York City, New York. Democrat Hillary Clinton has not given a public concession speech and her campaign says she will speak later this morning. Libertarian Gary Johnson said around midnight, “We made history tonight. Millions of Americans chose to vote for peace, prosperity, and freedom. We stood up to the two-party duopoly and voted our conscience. We will all be able to look back on our votes with pride. Thank you!”
Trump said earlier this morning, ““I just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us on our victory and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”
Donald Trump received 58,034,149 votes (276 electoral votes), Hillary Clinton received 57,459,420 votes (218 electoral votes), Gary Johnson received 3,905,486 votes, and the Green Party’s Jill Stein received 1,137,358 votes. Johnson almost quadruples his 2012 results going from just over 1.1 million votes to today’s almost 4 million votes.
Between Clinton and other outside groups supporting her candidacy, she raised $687,261,894 which translates to almost $12 per vote. Trump and outside groups raised less than half of Clinton with $306,930,980 which translates to about $5.30 per vote. Johnson and other outside groups raised $12,794,165 which translates to about $3.30 per vote.
As last night moved forward and it was becoming more and more apparent that Trump was likely going to win the presidency, the markets around the world fell into turmoil. This morning, they have recovered somewhat, but U.S. markets will likely open lower, though gold and silver continue to hold onto large gains. Some investors are now fearful of inflation with a Trump presidency due to protectionist economic policies he has proposed during his campaign. How protectionist those policies actually become law is something to be seen for the future.
Republicans will now control the presidency, the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. This will give the GOP near carte blanche to move forward with any legislation they choose for the next two years.