It’s here - Election Day 2016

It’s here. Election Day 2016 is finally here.

And here’s what at stake.

For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton emerged victorious to become the first female major party presidential nominee — history. It was a wobbly and often boring campaign on her end, as she struggled to both connect with everyday voters — including President Obama’s stronghold in millennials — and fight her reputation as being a corrupt and career politician.

Donald Trump emerged victorious for the Republican Party after battling through a crowded field of 17 candidates. Despite never holding public office and experiencing a new scandal — for example, he became the first major party nominee in decades to not release his tax returns — every week, the billionaire businessman has garnered a loyal following and kept it close with his rival. 

So now the day is here.

And the swing states that are always the swing states are still the swing states. In Florida, for example, the state’s early voting ended over the weekend with record turnout at least three of its most populous and heavily Democratic counties. Without winning the Sunshine State, there is likely no way for a Trump victory.

To secure the presidency, Clinton or Trump have to win 270 electoral votes. In addition to Florida — which carries 29 electoral votes — the other swing states are: Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire and North Carolina, according to Politico.

As of late Monday night, FiveThirtyEight’s Election Forecast gives Clinton an 70.8 percent chance of winning. It also — and just as importantly — gives the Democrats a 55 percent chance of taking back control of the Senate. There’s a very real possibility that our next president will take control of a lame-duck Congress. 

So what is on the mind of an everyday voter as they head to the polls Election Day? The issues that you would expect, per Pew Research Center: the economy, terrorism, foreign policy and health care. Immigration is also a top concern — spurred in part by Trump’s promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — as well as who will be appointed to fill the void left by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was a conservative justice.

Will Clinton make history and become the first female president of the United States? Or will Trump come from behind as the underdog and make becoming commander-in-chief his first held public office?

It’s going to be a crazy day. Here’s when polls close nationwide — expect the race to be called by around 7 p.m. Eastern time. And please, GO VOTE.


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