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Significant Digits For Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

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Last night Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. Read how it all went down at the FiveThirtyEight live blog. [FiveThirtyEight]


While the outcomes in Minnesota, Michigan, New Hampshire and Arizona are still being determined, Trump secured at least 279 electoral votes — smashing through Hillary Clinton’s blue wall in the midwest by taking Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, as well as winning Florida, North Carolina and Ohio — to win his long-shot bid for the presidency. [ABC News]

9 percent

This election saw the two lead candidates fail to resonate with many young voters. Based on the CNN exit poll, 9 percent of voters ages 18-29 went for third parties. [FiveThirtyEight]

51 seats

While the New Hampshire Senate race hasn’t yet been called and Louisiana is headed for a run-off, that’s the minimum number of U.S. Senate seats the Republican party will control after last night. Senators Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Roy Blunt of Missouri, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin will hold their seats. [ABC News]

5 to 9 seats

Democrats are projected to gain anywhere from five to nine seats in the House of Representatives, but it’s nowhere near enough to put the GOP control of the chamber in jeopardy. [ABC News]

3 initiatives

In addition to “law and order” candidate Donald Trump, Americans craved marijuana last night as ballot initiatives in California, Massachusetts and Nevada passed to legalize recreational marijuana. (We’re still waiting to hear the results of Maine’s bid to do the same.) Attempting to understand the grand motivations of this nation are futile. [The Washington Post]

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