The results of the presidential election are in, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won with more than the required 270 electoral votes.
Voters stayed up late awaiting the results of the presidential election. The Associated Press reported that Trump had won at 2:30 a.m. Pennsylvania voters contributed 20 electoral votes to Trump’s win. As of Wednesday afternoon, Trump earned 279 electoral votes nationally, and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received 228 electoral votes. At the state level, Trump received 49% of the votes in Pennsylvania, and Clinton received 48% of the votes. At the county level, 74.6% of voters in Tioga County voted for Trump, while 21.0% voted for Clinton.
Trump’s presidential win is being called “historic.” Trump said the following in his victory speech, “So it’s been what they call a historic event, but to be really historic, we have to do a great job, and I promise you that I will not let you down. We will do a great job. We will do a great job. I look very much forward to being your president, and hopefully at the end of two years or three years or four years or maybe even eight years you will say so many of you worked so hard for us, with you. You will say that — you will say that that was something that you were — really were very proud to do and I can — thank you very much.”
Trump called his campaign a “movement” in his victory speech. He said, “As I’ve said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family.”
Pennsylvania voters also voted on a Senator. Republican Senator Patrick J. Toomey was re-elected with 48.9% of the votes. The Democratic nominee, Katie McGinty, earned 47.2% of the votes. A total of 73.8% of the votes in Tioga County went to Toomey, while 21.9% of the votes went to McGinty. Toomey said the following in his victory speech, “I am incredibly honored that the people of Pennsylvania are giving me another term in the United States Senate.”
Toomey also said the following, “I don’t think the government should be wasting as much money as it wastes, I don’t think government should be spending as much money as it spends. I don’t think Washington should be making healthcare decisions for all of us and I don’t think Washington should be making the job of law enforcement more difficult than it already is.” He added, “Finally, I don’t think Washington should withdraw American from our natural [position] as the leading beacon of freedom around the world.”
Pennsylvania voters chose a House representative as well. Republican Tom Marino was re-elected, and he represents the state’s 10th Congressional District. Marino won with 70% of the vote, while Democratic nominee Mike Molesevich received 30% of the votes. At the county level, 78.8% of Tioga County voters chose Marino, while 21.2% voted for Molesevich.
At the federal level, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate are now controlled by Republicans. There are 239 Republicans on the House, and 192 Democrats. There are 51 Republicans on the Senate, and 47 Democrats.
Voters in Pennsylvania also voted on changing the mandatory retirement age of Supreme Court Justices from 70 years of age to 75 years of age. The ballot question was, “shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to require that justices of the Supreme Court, judges, and magisterial district judges be retired on the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 75 years?” A total of 50.92% of voters said “Yes” to changing the mandatory retirement age of Supreme Court Justices to 75, while 49.08% voted to keep the retirement age at 70. At the county level, 57.7% of Tioga County voters chose to change the retirement age to 75, while 42.3% voted to keep it at 70.