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These 7 Groups Decided the Election for Trump

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By    |   Thursday, 10 Nov 2016 11:54 AM

Donald Trump's victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has earned him praise from far-right figures across the world and a cautious welcome from key U.S. allies.

The real estate mogul won the U.S. presidency with at least 290 electoral votes while his Democratic rival faced a crushing defeat with 228 electoral votes, according to Real Clear Politics.

Hillary, who banked heavily on African-Americans and young voters — the two important categories that lifted President Obama to victories in 2008 and 2012 — put up a worse-than-expected show, says CNN.

Trump captured crucial victories in Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, showing remarkable strength in three of the nation's most fiercely fought battleground states.

Throughout the election Trump's campaign remained calm as they believed there were hidden supporters who would propel him to the White House, writes Politico.

According to the Washington Post, many pollsters are arguing that they could have missed Trump supporters, which in turn, pointed to polls favoring Clinton throughout the election season.

Here is a list of seven groups that decided the election for Trump:

  1. Support from Independents: Trump partly owed his victory to those who did not identify with either major party — the Independents, who made up 31 percent of 2016 voters. While Clinton won 42 percent of independents, Trump won 47 percent. Ahead of the elections, John Avlon of Daily Beast had pointed out Independents cannot be ignored.
  2. Hispanic voters disappoint Clinton: Hispanics comprised 11 percent of nationwide electorate votes in 2016 where Clinton hoped for a big win. Much to her disappointment, she gathered 65 percent support, which was 6 points lower than Barack Obama in 2012, The New York Times writes. Trump received an unexpected 29 percent win.
  3. Hungry for change: Almost four in 10 voters in Florida were of the view that Trump would bring about serious change, according to the New York Times. Trump won that group by a broad margin. Trump targeted voters who were dissatisfied with the state of the federal government in Florida. This worked in his favor as nearly nine of 10 voters said they were frustrated with the present government.
  4. White voters want Trump: Though Clinton fared better than Trump among non-white voters in Florida, it was no match for white voters who skewed towards Trump, says Politico. He won those by nearly 2 to 1, including those with a college degree. One-quarter of Florida's electorate was white and over 60. Trump pulled most of his support from the Gulf Coast and the central part of the state, a hub for wealthy retirees. Similarly in North Carolina, Trump put up a good show riding on white votes. Trump scored well among both suburban and rural voters.
  5. More African-American votes expected: African-American voters comprised 12 percent of the national electorate this year. Clinton won a broad majority of black voters — 88 percent, compared with 8 percent for Trump, CNN revealed. The victory, however, was five percentage points lower than what Obama received four years ago.
  6. Young voters ditched Clinton, backed Trump: Of the 19 percent of young voters — people under 30 — in this year's electorate, Clinton got just 54 percent while Trump secured 37 percent votes, the Washington Post reports.
  7. Women voters for Trump: Ahead of the elections, most polls showed women nationwide supported Clinton by a double-digit margin, while men were significantly more likely to back Trump. However, the Republican's victory not only proved the polls wrong, but according to FiveThirtyEight, there has been speculation that Trump's new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway may have helped him to draw more women voters.

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