Trump Wins Landslide In Dramatic Realigning Election! Trump Victory Not Impeded By Utah Change To State Legislature For Presidential Vote.
Businessman Donald J. Trump (R - NY)/Governor Mike Pence (R - IN): 313 EVs, 52.0% PV
Fmr. State Sec Hillary R. Clinton (D - NY)/Senator Tim Kaine (D - VA): 219 EVs, 45.5% PV
Fmr. MA Governor Willard "Mitt" Romney (I - UT)/Fmr. Governor Bill Weld (L - MA): 6 EVs, N/A for PV
Fmr. Governor Gary Johnson (L - NM)/Fmr. Governor Bill Weld (L - MA): 0 EVs, 2.1% PV
After the conventions, Trump and Hillary remained in a dead heat. By September, however, Trump's populist message on trade and law and order began to pay off in the Midwest of all places. Though he trailed Clinton in states such as Florida, New Hampshire, and even Arizona, he consistently led her in states such as Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and even one congressional district of Maine. After the first debate ended, which was seen as a slight Trump victory, the businessman began to beat Clinton in other state polls, including the aforementioned non-Midwestern states where Clinton was previously winning. After even bigger wins in the following debates, the Trump/Pence ticket was consistently winning at least the 270 minimal EVs needed to win the election.
The last controversy leading into Election Day was a spectre from the divided GOP primaries. A few state reps in South Carolina pushed a bill that would revoke the popular vote to choose the state's electors for President in favor of returning the ability to the state legislature, as it had been since before the Civil War in the state. Obviously, this affected Trump's campaign the most, so he was the most vocal. Just like Andrew Jackson after the 1824 fubar, Trump furiously preached against governmental elitism and that the common man deserves to choose his own electoral fate. Clinton's only response was that of mockery. She snidely remarked repeatedly that Trump brought this upon himself, but that the "Republicans deserved it and also that it shows the entire party's true colors." As extreme as Trump sounded to some people, the electorate in South Carolina and nationally preferred his response over Clinton's. Luckily for Trump, the measure failed in South Carolina's state house, with 4/5ths of the chamber's Democrats and 2/3rds of the Republicans uniting to vote against it. SC Governor Nikki Haley, while still ambivalent towards Trump, also opposed the bill, further ensuring that the popular vote for President would remain in her state. The Republicans had averted a constitutional crisis, at least in South Carolina.
Election Day arrived on November 8th. The Donald won a decisive victory against Hillary Clinton, gaining 313 EVs versus her 219 EVs. Trump won 60% of the vote in many reliably Republican states, while winning enough votes in swing states to gain most of them. Of all the swing states, only New Mexico, Nevada, Minnesota, and Virginia sided with Hillary, with Virginia and Nevada being decided by .5% of the vote each. Trump's closes states were Maine (2nd district only) and New Hampshire, which were decided by .6% and .8% of the vote respectively. The state that called the night for Trump was Ohio, which Trump won 52.5% to 46.9%. South Carolina's citizens got to vote for President, and they resoundingly voted for Trump. However, there was an anamoly... It did not come from South Carolina, but from Utah! Although there was no prior evidence of this, similar talks about changing how electoral votes for President were done in Utah. Apparently, the state legislature of Utah conducted this while everyone was focused on South Carolina. The bill was signed by Governor Gary Herbert on the night before the election. Even worse, many polling precincts reported that their records vanished, which did make the news early. The only surviving records came from Salt Lake City and a few outlying towns in the south; all of these surviving records indicate a victory for Hillary Clinton 80% to Trump's 10%. For obvious reasons, these results have been contested by both major parties. The state legislature of Utah chose Mitt Romney for President and Libertarian VP Candidate William Weld for Vice President. Regardless, Trump had objectively won the night. Donald John Trump became the 45th President while Michael Pence became the 48th Vice President.
The day after, Trump congratulated his supporters for sticking to their enthusiasm and helping him achieve his goal of winning. There was the obligatory policy discussion and Trump's usual rhetoric, but a good portion of his victory speech was an attach on Mitt Romney, Gary Herbert, and the state government of Utah. Trump turned his Jacksonian ire against them, damning them for not only depriving the people of Utah their vote, but for going the extra step of destroying popular vote returns. He added an extra promise to his first 100 days: to encourage Congress to get an amendment passed guaranteeing the right to popular vote for President for the citizens of every state. Should Congress fail to do so, then Trump called upon the other way to pass an amendment: a convention of the states. The American public resoundingly supported this call by 70%. Whatever the goal was of the state legislature of Utah, the only thing they ultimately did was give Trump more populist ammunition against the establishment.