The so-called “experts” said it couldn’t be done.
The media had already written their story that Hillary Clinton had won the election and would usher in an era of liberal dominance.
But when the votes were counted, no one could believe the results.
Going into the voting, the media pronounced the election over.
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) November 9, 2016
However, shortly before 3 a.m., Donald Trump delivered a victory speech no one except his supporters thought he would ever get to make.
In the most stunning victory in American political history, Trump upended the Establishment and defeated Hillary Clinton with a decisive Electoral College victory.
Trump won Florida.
Trump won North Carolina.
Trump won Ohio.
Trump won Iowa.
But Trump also won swing-states that polls showed were out of reach — and that Republicans hadn’t won in a generation.
He scored upset victories in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Those wins in the upper Midwest delivered the margin of victory over Hillary Clinton.
Molly Ball, writing in The Atlantic, summed up Trump’s journey to victory:
“It was clear from the beginning that a lot of people believed him. It just wasn’t clear that there were so many of them.
“Ours was not a campaign, but rather an incredible and great movement,” Trump said. It was, he added, “a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds, and beliefs, who want and expect our government to serve the people, and serve the people it will.”
He assembled a coterie of castoffs and has-beens (the fearmongering former New York mayor; the criminally implicated governor of New Jersey). Most in his own party’s professional class recoiled from his crudely divisive appeals, his appalling behavior.
Staffers refused to work for him; elected leaders held him at arm’s length. To his many opponents, he was a dilettante and a fraud, but also a monster and a demagogue, someone to be feared and mocked. His own party, tasked with helping him win, believed to the end that he would lose.
He showed them all.”
The national polls all showed Hillary Clinton winning by more than three points.
And the Real Clear Politics Electoral College map had Hillary Clinton winning, but by a narrow 272-266 margin.
However, the polls were wrong.
Currently, CNN shows Trump with 289 Electoral College votes, and leading in the race for Michigan’s 16 Electoral College votes.
Trump will win more Electoral College votes than any Republican since George H.W. Bush in 1988.
His win also allowed Republicans to minimize their losses in the House and maintain their Senate majority.
Because of Trump’s strength with working class voters, Republicans scored upset wins in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania that forecasters assumed were lost.
And in the end, Trump scored an historic victory over the Establishment.