The Votes are in: Republican Donald J. Trump is President-elect

By Sydney Kightlinger and  Kaitlyn Walsh, editor in chief and features editor

For the first time since 1988, Pennsylvania’s electorate has voted Republican for the office of the president. And early on Nov. 9, Republican Donald J. Trump (helped in part by Pennsylvania’s swing) won the election by surpassing the mark of 270 electoral votes. His ability to capture key states like Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, and Pennsylvania in addition to states that normally vote Republican carried him to victory with 289 electoral votes at this point.

Locally, Trump won Crawford County with 67.2 percent of the vote (23,912 votes). These results seem in accordance with the result of the Saegertown Jr. Sr. High School’s mock election where Trump captured 65.6 percent of the vote, while Hillary Clinton polled at 21 percent. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson won 11.2 percent of the vote, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein held 2.2 percent.

Maplewood Jr. Sr. High School polled similarly, with Trump receiving 63 percent of the vote. Johnson polled at 16.7 percent, Clinton at 14.9 percent, and Stein at 5.5 percent.

The local results did not mirror the national popular vote. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton captured the popular vote with 47.7 percent compared to Trump’s 47.5 percent. This is the fifth time in american history a president-elect has won the electoral college, but lost the popular vote.

Final results from Minnesota, Michigan, and New Hampshire have not been released as of press time.

Trump will be inaugurated on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

Trump teetering at the polls

By Kaitlyn Walsh, features editor

After the second debate, America is coming closer to THE decision: Who will be our next President? After last Sunday’s Presidential Debate, the public has credited Donald Trump to be more professional and presidential than in the first debate, but Hillary Clinton is still projected to win based on a CNN poll.

As of today, Clinton is still winning by eight points. Donald Trump is starting to fall behind due to his comments towards women during an Access Hollywood  interview from 2005 between him and Billy Bush while his microphone was still on. His comments range from “Grab her by the p****”, and “When you’re a star, they [women] let you do it. You can do anything.”

Due to Trump’s comments, some of the republican leadership pulled their endorsements of Trump. Notables figures who no longer support Trump include Senator and 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain, California Governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Some party heads even called for Trump’s dismissal. South Dakota Senator John Thune said, “Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately.”

In light of these accusations, Melania Trump broke her silence Monday night during an interview with Anderson Cooper, stating that the women coming forward about her husband sexually assaulting them are lying, or that they are a part of the Democratic Party trying to bring down his campaign.

“This was all organized from the opposition. And with the details – did they [democrats] ever check the background of these women?” said Melania. “They don’t have any facts.”

Donald Trump also claims that the election is rigged against him, which he boasted on Twitter and during a rally in Wisconsin. “Remember, we are competing in a rigged election,” said Trump Monday night. “They [election officials] even want to try and rig the election at the polling booths, where so many cities are corrupt and voter fraud is all too common.

However, these claims of voter fraud are questionable. Election officials in ten states, including Missouri, New York, Delaware, New Mexico, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island Oklahoma, and Washington released their voter statistics from 2008 and 2012 to ABC News, where voter fraud incidents were only less than five out of thousands and sometimes millions of people.

After the third debate Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton was declared the winner of the final battle between the two candidates by a thirteen point margin according to a CNN poll. This win gives her a sweep of all three debates. However, 54 percent of people who watched the debate said it would have no effect on their election day vote. America will make its final decision Nov. 8.

 

Vermin vies for presidency

By Austin Brown and Benjamin Haylett, broadcast team and news editor

While many criticize the front-runners of this year’s upcoming presidential election, the bottom of the barrel probably has more cause for criticism. Vermin Supreme, a 55 year old Libertarian candidate, has made headlines since 2004 when he first ran for President. What makes him stand out from other candidates? Well to start with, Supreme wears a rubber boot on his head during all debates and public appearances.

Supreme is also known for carrying around a giant toothbrush, which is used to advocate his platform of mandatory tooth brushing for all Americans. “Gingivitis has been eroding the gumline of this great nation for long enough and must be stopped, too long has this country suffered a great moral and oral decay,” said Supreme at the Lesser-Known Democratic Presidential Forum in 2011. At the same debate, Supreme pulled handfuls of glitter out of his pockets, and dumped them on the head of Randall Terry as Terry was giving a speech. In subsequent years, Supreme has not been invited back to the Lesser-Known Democratic Presidential Forum because of his actions in 2011.

Mandatory tooth brushing, time travel research, zombie apocalypse awareness, and free ponies for all Americans are all among the strange platforms that Supreme has advocated. At that same 2011 appearance, he said, “My free pony platform is of course a jobs creation program, it will create lots and lots of jobs. Once we switch over to a pony-based economy we will also lower our dependence on foreign oil.”

In the past couple of years, Supreme has left the spotlight, but he has had a sudden resurgence during this year’s election. Several videos have popped up on the Internet of Supreme harassing presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.