We can only hope that Trump will surprise us again

Before Clinton took the stage at a New York City hotel, top aides filed in, eyes red and shoulders slumped, as they tried to process the celebrity businessman's shocking win after a campaign that appeared poised until Election Day to make Clinton the first woman elected USA president.

Clinton drew a smaller percentage of the women's vote than Obama did in 2012.

Chris Borick, director of the Muhlenberg College poll in Pennsylvania, said his model found Clinton ahead by 4 points and Sen.

More than 27 million Latinos were registered to vote, but Mr Lopez estimates that less than half - some 13 million - actually cast ballots.

In the predominantly African-American 20th, 24th and 34th Wards, Trump received barely more than 1 percent of the vote.

"Hillary Clinton is not Barack Obama, they are different candidates", said Mr Lopez. "The Hispanic electorate is conservative, the Cuban-Americans are traditionally Republicans, there are some against abortion".

Clinton appeared to be on track to win the popular vote despite her convincing loss in the Electoral College that decides the outcome.

On average, Clinton voters tend to have higher education and live in states that reliably vote for Democrats like NY and California.

The latest partial results showed Trump winning the White House with 290 Electoral College votes to Clinton's 228, though she was leading the popular vote count by almost 239,000, according to CNN.

As more votes are counted, Clinton isn't guaranteed to keep that lead.

"We owe him an open mind", Mrs. Clinton said in a speech publicly conceding the election. As House Speaker Paul Ryan said in offering congratulations yesterday, Trump heard "a voice out in this country that no one else heard". It's unclear whether Trump, a highly unusual candidate, will embrace numerous traditions of the presidency.

For Daniel Smith at the University of Florida, Mrs Clinton lost in the state for another related reason: "it was the failure to persuade white educated women", he told AFP.

"We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought", she said.

Given Donald Trump's attacks on Hispanics, and the discomfort blacks feel for the blonde giant and the overt sexism and crudeness he displays that put off large sections of women, this should have been a cakewalk for Clinton.

Trump was the favorite among voters who are pessimistic about the future of the country while Clinton carried those who are more optimistic.

We can have hope for what Trump can accomplish and still fear the side of him, and the aides around him, that allowed so much ugliness in his campaign. As of this writing, with nearly all votes counted, Trump has tallied 59,611,678 votes; Romney pulled in 60,933,504 in 2012, and McCain 59,948,323 in 2008. "It's a pollster cop-out to say, 'I can't help it if my model didn't work because people wouldn't tell me who they were voting for.' I think Trump's supporters were a pretty enthusiastic group".

Why did Trump's campaign resonate with so many people?

Nevertheless, the Latino vote has "grown in importance, and it continues to have a bigger role in a campaign".

"To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams", she said as her husband, former President Bill Clinton, stood wistfully by her side. The community is geographically and politically diverse.

"We're going to get to work immediately for the American people, and we're going to be doing a job that, hopefully, you will be so proud of your president".

Yet not all Latinos are immigrants, and not all are Mexicans. Yet he built a mass movement of disenchanted voters who filled noisy arenas around the country, cheering his vows to build a wall on the Mexican border against illegal immigrants, take the gloves off in the fight against Islamic State terrorists and crack down on USA businesses that send U.S.jobs overseas. They also tend to look favorably on people they consider "outsiders" to what they feel is a tired, corrupt and manipulated system.

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