Trump closes in on upset

Donald J. Trump, who ran an improbable and often ugly campaign against the establishment, was holding on to small but significant leads in a series of key battleground states on Tuesday night, upending months of polling that had given the advantage to Hillary Clinton and raising Republican hopes of seizing back the White House,” as the New York Times is reporting.

“Just after 11:30 p.m, Mr. Trump was declared the victor in Florida, earning him the state’s 29 electoral votes and giving him a more certain grip on the presidential contest with Mrs. Clinton.

“Reaction to the prospect of a Trump presidency rippled across the globe, with financial markets abroad falling as American television networks raised the prospect that Mrs. Clinton might lose. Asian markets were trading sharply lower, down around two percentage points, and in the United States, Dow Jones futures were down as much as 600 points in after-hours trading.”

The rest of the article is here.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

14 thoughts on “Trump closes in on upset”

  1. I’m glad I’m not a fixed-income retiree in County of Nevada, CA who supported Trump for President.
    “Dow futures plunged more than 800 points and bonds rallied as markets feared Donald Trump could pull off an upset and take the White House.”
    Be careful what you wish for!

  2. It’s hard to imagine this clown once ran for a local post. Of course, he lost in each precinct.
    “Omg. I am surprised that Kim Jeffie Un has not stroked out. Wisconsin?! Holy crap.
    Posted by: Barry Pruett | 08 November 2016 at 09:17 PM”

  3. Not surprising – I’m still running into people who say that Obama isn’t a citizen, Trump was right about this birtherism, and The Clintons are the other side of the Mafia. . Republican Ignorance is bliss – happy days.

  4. Thomas Frank gets to say this today because he has been saying it for years, and in his recent book, “Listen, Liberal:”

    “The … problem is that there is a kind of chronic complacency that has been rotting American liberalism for years, a hubris that tells Democrats they need do nothing different, they need deliver nothing really to anyone – except their friends on the Google jet and those nice people at Goldman. The rest of us are treated as though we have nowhere else to go and no role to play except to vote enthusiastically on the grounds that these Democrats are the “last thing standing” between us and the end of the world. It is a liberalism of the rich, it has failed the middle class, and now it has failed on its own terms of electability. Enough with these comfortable Democrats and their cozy Washington system. Enough with Clintonism and its prideful air of professional-class virtue. Enough!”

    From “Donald Trump is moving to the White House, and liberals put him there

  5. Former Nevada County Supervisor Todd Juvinall weighs in on his blog:
    “Todd JuvinallNovember 9, 2016 at 7:54 AM
    Madonna at least was going to give all Hillary supporters a BJ.”

  6. As I stated on Facebook, the one that just got suspended about an hour ago.
    With Trump in the White House and both Senate and House in Republican control, we could be facing the darkest time for the future of our public lands. All those hard right that got in office during the 2010 and 2014 midterms, the ones that have been sitting on their hands with Obama in office, expect them to get very busy with their agenda. Look out EPA, clean water and clean air regs, public land ownership, forest and rangeland protections and species protections. Trump won’t have a clue with the how creatively deceitful language can be inserted into legislation that looks innocent but that could have some very bad consequences. I think the environmental lawyers are going to be very busy very soon.
    And all those folks who got health care from the ACA, kiss that goodbye. That is going to be one of the first things Republicans go after, or they say they are. Republicans now hold the fate of those 20 million people in their hands, lets see what they do now.

  7. What a hoot! Barry Pruett is writing on George Rebane’s blog that “Kim Jeffie Un needs to chill out.” Based on his behavior and performance in our community, Barry ought to be worrying a lot more about himself than me.

  8. Debrief:

    The numbers are glaring about how the least educated went massively for Trump. He won white voters without a college degrees by a massive 67 per cent, to 28 per cent.

    Folks without college educations have a harder time sifting information. They are also the most likely to rely on passion over reason. This is a sales truism: “knowledge makes you powerful but emotion makes you buy.” They bought Trump for emotional reasons.

    Disingenuous, well-engineered propaganda that inflames emotions works best on sub-sets of populations most lacking in critical thinking skills.

    Propaganda targeted at left-behind uneducated persons is familiar in history. Rage is a good political motivation especially when it can be channeled to divide a population on the bottom rungs of a society against themselves: in this case uneducated whites against the illegals and people of color.

    Uneducated whites messaged using the thinly veiled ‘dog whistles’ of the Alt-Right is the signature of the Trump communications and political strategy.

    My prediction is that this precise core constituency of resentful uneducated white voters will be called upon again and again in the future to be the ‘shield and sword’ for business and cultural interests seeking victory through dividing America. The communications channels will continue to be low-brow right-wing talk radio, Fox news, and DC-based ‘think tanks’ operating as propaganda mills.

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