Presidential Election:

On Wednesday, November 9 at approximately 2:30 a.m. EST, the Associated Press confirmed that the 45th President of the United States will be real estate mogul
Donald J. Trump. As of 6:00 p.m. EST on November 13, Trump had secured 290 Electoral College votes, 20 above the minimum 270 needed to win the White House.

Winning the General Election:

The United States Electoral College chooses the President and Vice President every four years. Citizens voting in the election do not directly elect the President but rather choose electors that almost always pledge to vote for the candidate that is chosen by each state’s voters. There are 538 electors in the Electoral College, equal to the membership of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate plus three additional electors from the District of Columbia. The only states that do not choose electors on a winner-take-all basis are Maine and Nebraska, which are chosen by district. The candidate who receives an absolute majority of Electoral College votes, currently 270, is elected to office.

Presidential Election Results

Figure 2

U.S. Senate

Number of U.S. Senate Seats up in 2016: 34

Seats up held by Democrats: 10
Seats up held by Republicans: 24

Current Balance of Power in the U.S. Senate, 114th Congress:
54 Republicans
44 Democrats
2 Independents (both caucus with the Democrats and includes former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders)

Figure 3

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