Trump elected President
In an historic election night upset, New York businessman Donald Trump defeated former secretary of state Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States.
The Democratic nominee, Clinton called Republican nominee Trump to concede the race early Wednesday morning before Trump took the stage around 3 a.m. to deliver his victory speech.
“Sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business,” Trump said. “I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us, it’s about us, on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very hard-fought campaign.
“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all Americans, and this is so important to me.
“For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unify our great country.”
Even with several states still up in the air, Trump has exceeded the 270-vote mark needed to win the Electoral College and the presidency. Victories in the swing states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio gave him chance, and he broke the Democratic “blue wall” with wins in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, which put him over the top in the Electoral College that decides the President.
There is still a small percentage of the vote still uncounted, but it appears Clinton will win the popular vote.
Trump won despite being outspent by a wide margin in advertising and having marginal support at best from his own party’s leadership.
Clinton carried Virginia with more than 1.9 million votes, or 49.7 percent of the vote. Trump garnered 1.73 million votes in Virginia, or 45 percent.
Trump carried Mecklenburg County with nearly 55 percent of the vote, or 8,283 votes, to Clinton’s 6,571 votes.
Trump also won in Lunenburg County with more than 57 percent of the vote, Halifax County with more than 57 percent of the vote and Charlotte County with more than 59 percent of the vote.
Clinton carried Brunswick County with 4,472 votes, or 58.4 percent, to Trump’s 3,044 votes.
In Mecklenburg County, Acting Commonwealth’s Attorney R. Allen Nash was elected to the full-time position with 11,003 votes, which represented 100 percent of the vote. He was running unopposed.
Virginia also had two referendums on the ballot.
Proposed Constitutional Amendment Question 1, which would have prohibited agreements between employers and labor organizations denying employees the right to work, was defeated, with 53.6 percent of the electorate voting no.
Proposed Constitutional Amendment Question 2, which will allow localities an option to exempt surviving spouses of emergency responders killed in the line of duty from property taxes, passed with nearly 80 percent of the vote.