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Trump wins

After a long night and an even longer election cycle, Donald Trump won the race for president.
The election dragged on past midnight and into the early morning. before Trump was named the winner. Much of the election night hinged on the results of a number of key swing states like Arizona, Minnesota and New Hampshire among others which came late in the night.
Missouri Western students got to see these results unfold firsthand at an Election Night Party, held in Blum.
Sophomore Hannah Adams was one those students who attended the party and exercised her right to vote as well.
“I woke up at five in the morning and was at the polls right there when they opened. I was super excited. As a feminist, I love women in power and I was ready to vote for Hillary Clinton,” Adams said.
Later, at the Election night party, Adams said she was pleased with the friendliness of the party.
“I love that there wasn’t any hate, not a bad word said of either of the candidates,” Adams said. “That was good, even though it was super stressful. It was just really nice that it wasn’t hateful. “
Likewise, assistant political science professor Dr. Melinda Kovács said that the event itself went well despite some partisanship.
“I’m going to desperately hold onto something positive and that’s turnout here in this room. It’s been absolutely encouraging and wonderful…It was obvious that there were different camps in the room. People were cheering when their candidate was called out for the winner for one of the states. I was very impressed by how no one thought to insult anybody in the room and I think that is a very encouraging sign. I wish politics worked like that, but I’m convinced that it does,” Kovács said.
“I think that there was a very good energy in the room and a very good level of caring about this,” Kovács said. “One of the things we always struggle with as political scientists is to convey a sense of urgency, this sense of importance, this sense of relevance and I think everyone here tonight really had that understanding.”
Turnout, for both the election and the party, Kovács said was tied to the two presidential candidates.
“These are the two most polarizing persons who have run for president. Both of them are equally likely to elicit extreme emotions and I think that draws people in. It’s not necessarily healthy to have this very polarized, very partisan, and divided electorate, but that really brings people in,” Kovács said.
Ultimately, the election night party ended before the election was officially called. Speaking before the election was closer to a close, Adams said she never expected the election to be as close as it was.
“I expected it to be over at nine o’clock. I didn’t realize how close this election would was until tonight,” Adams said.
Without knowing the results, Kovács said she hoped the election would work out.
“What I would like to see is a trust and a faith in democratic processes where it wouldn’t matter who the winner of the election is because we would be able to say, ‘okay, it doesn’t matter who that person is, but they are committed to uploading the processes of which this country is run.’ I’m not sure we can expect that,” Kovács said.
While the election may be over, Adams said she doesn’t think Clinton is going anywhere.
“I don’t think that it’s going to be over. Hillary Rodham Clinton is on a mission and she’s fighting for people Trump isn’t fighting for. If I take one thing away from this election it’s that there is someone out there who speaks for women and respects women… I don’t want it to end her because there needs to be justice… It can’t stop here.”

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