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What It Feels Like to Win an Election as the Underdog

PHILADELPHIA—They weren’t expecting this. Volunteers for the Philadelphia Republican Party turned out to monitor the polls and serve as election judges; they cast their ballots for Trump-Pence in their city full of Democrats. They may have hoped Trump would win. But they didn’t start believing it until Florida. Then, things …

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A Trump Presidency: Bracing for the Unknown

When Donald Trump takes office on January 20, 2017, he will arguably present more unknowns than anyone who has ever been elected to lead the executive branch and serve as commander in chief of the United States military. He has no previous experience in government. His relationship to the Republican …

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Democracy Is More Than Just Winning Elections

I don’t respect this election result. I must abide by it, of course. But I don’t respect it. I respect the people who voted for Donald Trump. As private individuals, they’re no better or worse than anyone else. But I don’t respect their decision to elect a man who blames …

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How Trump Won

The places that feel most left behind in a changing America propelled Donald Trump to a stunning victory over Hillary Clinton Tuesday night. In his unexpected win, Trump mobilized enormous margins among rural and exurban voters, and crushing advantages among blue-collar whites. In several cases, he prevented Clinton from making …

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Donald Trump’s Stunning Upset

Donald Trump had one more surprise up his sleeve. The Republican nominee was elected president Tuesday, winning a stunning upset that defied nearly every prediction. Trump broke through Hillary Clinton’s Democratic firewall and turned back her bid to become the first woman to serve as president, even as the candidates …

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Listening to What Americans Said on Election Day

This is what we hear when we listen. We hear a Michigan landscaper call Donald Trump “crazy as in crass,” and consider it a compliment. “I’m not sure he has the temperament to be president, but I like how he’s messing with your minds in Washington. Crazy like a crash-test …

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Wake Me Up When November Ends

Races to Watch Marco Rubio is fighting for his Senate seat against Democratic rival Representative Patrick Murphy in Florida. Incumbent Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois is facing a strong challenge from Democratic Representative Tammy Duckworth. In North Carolina, Republican Senator Richard Burr is in a tight race against Democrat Deborah …

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Donald Trump’s Dystopias

It started in August 2015, two months after Donald Trump officially launched his candidacy for President of the United States. Jon Lovett, who spent three years as a speechwriter in the Obama White House, wrote a “dispatch from the future” for The Atlantic on what President Trump’s election might look …

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Women May Decide the Election

Donald Trump dragged already-prominent public debates over gender equality and consent into the presidential race, due to prominent reports about his mistreatment of women and allegations of sexual assault. At the same time, Hillary Clinton became the first truly viable woman presidential nominee the nation had ever seen—and used Trump’s …

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What Early Voting in North Carolina Actually Reveals

North Carolina has been conducting a real-time experiment on the efficacy of voter suppression—and the results suggest both that it works, and that it’s far from the only factor at play in the state. “Voter suppression” has become a watchword in the state after a multi-year fight against the 2013 …

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