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Editor’s Note: This is a part of a monthly series of editorials written by Clearwater-Orchard students. This is by Peyton Clifton.
Every vote matters.
If you did not show up to vote on November 8th, then you missed your chance to voice your opinion.
Now I, as a seventeen-year-old, was not eligible to vote in this election. I figure that seventeen-year-olds are not allowed to vote because they are probably thought to be too young to understand how politics work. Although, even I understand that Harambe, the dead gorilla, getting over 11,000 write-ins is a prime example of a missed opportunity.
This election was a crazy journey, to say the least. It will surely make its mark in history.
First let’s take a look at Hillary Clinton’s voting statistics. 34% of the people in Nebraska voted for Clinton.
She collected 273,858 votes. Hillary actually won the overall popular vote.
Overall, she raked in 59,680,000 votes. Although, she fell on the shorter end of electoral votes with earning 228.
Now you all are probably well aware that Donald Trump is our new President. Let’s talk about his voting statistics.
Sixty percent of the people in Nebraska voted for Trump. He collected 485,819 votes.
Like I stated earlier, Hillary won the popular vote overall. Her 59,580,00 votes were above Trump’s 59,480,000 votes. Although, Trump “trumped” her in electoral votes. He earned 279 electoral votes, exceeding the 270 needed to become the president.
As for the other candidates, 5% of Nebraskans voted for Gary Johnson.
A total of 37,615 votes from Nebraska went toward Gary Johnson. Jill Stein had 1% of Nebraskans vote for her. That totals out to be 8,346 votes from Nebraska people in her favor.
Times are definitely changing, and there are a lot of different opinions about this year’s election.
Some are very excited about the outcome, and some are disappointed.
After seeing all of the hype from this election, I actually feel more excited than I ever have to be able to voice my opinion and vote in the next election.
It will be very interesting to see what the future holds.