A schizophrenic presidential election has come to a close with some national surprises at the polls. Hillary Clinton is leading in the national popular vote, but now President-elect Donald Trump performed strong in traditionally Democratic rust belt states responding to his populist economic message to eclipse the 270 electoral votes required to win the presidency. Clinton has conceded.
Closer to home in Bridgeport, all incumbent legislative Democrats were reelected. Democratic Congressman Jim Himes won a 5th two-year term over Republican John Shaban. Rosa Correa’s effort to win election as a petitioning registrar candidate came up well short, according to unofficial returns. Under state law, Correa needed to run ahead of one of the two other registrars Democrat Sandi Ayala and Republican Linda Grace to join the office as a third election official. State law requires both a Democratic and Republican registrar. Correa’s candidacy was seen by critics as an unnecessary move to add more than $100,000 to the office budget if she prevailed. In addition to the $70K position, she would have received a deputy.
See statewide results here. Not all municipal results are loaded yet on the Connecticut Secretary of the State’s website.
How does President Trump sound? Happy? Shocked? Surprised? Will Trump act as a healer as he suggested in his victory speech? What’s your take on the election?