By Shea McCusker 11/9/16
A part of the nation fell in shock as Donald Trump defied the polls and beat Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States. This success can be directly attributed to Trump taking home key states, one of the most critical being Florida, where Trump received 49% of Florida’s vote with over 4.6 million Floridians on his side.
Counties of Florida were divided in this decision, although Trump took the areas he needed to win the electoral votes. Trump won in Seminole by a mere 1.5% and a whopping 23% in Lake County while Hillary Clinton beat him in areas such as Osceola County and Orange County. Nevertheless in this division, Trump ended up with the game-changing 29 electoral votes that Florida carries as the third largest state in the country.
In the 2008 and 2012 elections, Florida went blue, the majority voting for Democratic candidate Barack Obama.
Florida voting Republican last happened in 2004 when George W. Bush won.
Trump received 49% of Florida’s vote, with over 4.6 million Floridan voters on his side.
Other key states Trump picked up were Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Although Clinton won the popular vote, it was no match for the 279 electoral votes Trump received, much thanks to swing states like Florida. Clinton fell short at 228 electoral votes.
Winners of states such as Florida and Ohio have gone in to win the presidency in many recent elections. They have proven overtime to be the predictors of who the next president would be.
These swing states were what determined Trump’s victory over Clinton–if Clinton had won this swing states, we would be looking at a different 45th president.