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Election Day 2016 Rundown: Trump Wins Presidency as Clinton Concedes After Shocking Upset

Toomey beats McGinty; Carney, Blunt Rochester win in Delaware; Evans takes Fattah's vacated seat

Democrats conceded and promised to work with President-Elect Donald Trump. NBC10’s George Spencer reports live from the white house where Trump’s team is preparing to take over on January 20th. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016)

Election Day 2016 has finally arrived! NBC10 has you covered with the most up-to-date information on turnout, voting issues and unique stories. Scroll down to see updates & come back to this page throughout the day and night for more.

Full election tallies are available here.


Donald Trump Announces Victory in Presidential Race
2:50 a.m. Wednesday

Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States of America after coming from behind in a stunning election upset, NBC News projects.

During an early morning victory speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan, Trump told supporters Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton called him to concede the race and congratulate him.

Trump, a 70-year-old reality TV star and real-estate mogul with no political experience, thanked Clinton for her decades of public service and commended her on a strong fight for the White House.

The president-elect said the country must start to "bind the wounds" that were opened over the course of the acrid and hard-fought campaign.

"Ours was not a campaign, but an incredible and great movement," he said.

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Once considered a long-shot to even make it out of the Republican primary, Trump pulled out a major upset with this projected win. Major surveys put Trump's chance of winning around 20 percent as Election Day got underway. By the late evening, the numbers had virtually flipped.

He benefited from an unexpected surge in key battleground states like Pennsylvania, Florida and Wisconsin.

Pennsylvania was described by the Clinton campaign as a "firewall" to protect her route to the presidency. She was nominated by the party in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention and held several high-profile events in the state to end the campaign.

Trump won 56 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties, the tallies show. Clinton carried Philadelphia and the immediate suburbs as well as counties with major cities like Lehigh, Dauphin, Centre and Allegheny -- home to Allentown, Harrisburg, State College and Pittsburgh respectively.

In an analysis of the statewide vote totals, the Philadelphia region couldn’t out-vote the rest of Pennsylvania for Clinton. Outside of our region, Trump beat Clinton by roughly 686,000 votes. He received 2,175,000 votes in all counties excluding the five in Southeastern Pennsylvania to Clinton’s 1,489,000.

Trump already claimed his win as Pennsylvania was still considered too close to call. The state was later projected in his favor.

Trump vowed to invest in infrastructure, inner cities and said while America will always come first, that he will work with other nations fairly. Most important to his base, he promised to put millions of people to work.

"The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer," he said.

While he calls for unity, he will need to confront major divisions his own comments tore open. Trump's rhetoric against immigrants and Muslims had many labeling him a racist. Comments about groping women and punishing women for abortions put him at odds with some women.

His policies, however vague, would rebuke progressive movements achieved under President Obama like the Affordable Care Act and Paris Climate Agreement. Anti-globalist economic plans and a return to more nationalist defense and aid agreements could send shock-waves through nations large and small around the world.

Calling the politics "nasty," Trump ended his speech with the hope of making America proud.


Hillary Clinton Calls Donald Trump to Concede Race
2:40 a.m.

Donald Trump is president-elect of the United States of America.

Sources tell NBC News that Hillary Clinton called Trump to concede the race.


Pennsylvania Still Too Close to Call as Clinton Campaign Not Ready to Call Race
2 a.m.

A thin margin separates a victor in Pennsylvania and NBC News is still classifying the state too close to call.

Several other states are in that category as well, leading the Clinton campaign to say goodnight while still staying in the race.

Campaign chairman John Podesta addressed her supporters at the Javits Center in New York City telling the crowd "we’ll have more to say tomorrow."

"Let's get those votes counted and let's bring this home," Podesta said of the outstanding votes.

Donald Trump has still not addressed his supporters at the Hilton in Midtown Manhattan.

Neither candidate has reached the necessary 270 electoral votes to clinch the presidency.


Toomey Keeps Pennsylvania Senate Seat
1:15 a.m. Wednesday

Pat Toomey, the incumbent Republican senator from Pennsylvania, will hold onto his seat, the Associated Press says.

Toomey, from the Lehigh Valley, won back his spot in the senate by a razor-thin margin -- more than 86,000 votes with 98 percent of the vote tallied.

The race was hard-fought against Northeast Philadelphia's Katie McGinty. It was the most expensive congressional race in history with more than $160 million spent. It was closely watched by politicans across the United States.

The 54-year-old danced around support for Trump, only finally backing him at the last minute after voting at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. He was one of the most vulnerable incumbents in Congress with the uncertainly in Battleground Pennsylvania.


Jersey Gas Tax Hike Will Pay for Transportation Projects
12:25 a.m. Wednesday

New Jersey's 37.5-cent per gallon gas tax must be used to fund only transportation projects in the state, voters ruled Tuesday.

Lawmakers were fighting over whether requiring the money to be locked down on transportation would lead to large loans.

The tax jumped by 23-cents per gallon when it went into effect Nov. 1 and is seen as a way to fix crumbling infrastructure in the state.


Brian Fitzpatrick Wins Brother's Seat in Congress
12:15 a.m. Wednesday via Associated Press

Republican Brian Fitzpatrick will succeed his brother in Congress, winning election to the U.S. House to keep a closely divided suburban Philadelphia seat in the GOP's column.

Fitzpatrick beat Democratic state Rep. Steve Santarsiero in Tuesday's election in a hotly contested race during which Fitzpatrick had said he wouldn't vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The 42-year-old Fitzpatrick, a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor, is the brother of retiring incumbent Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. He moved from California to run.

The win by Fitzpatrick all but kills Democrats' hope of narrowing the GOP's 13-5 advantage in Pennsylvania's U.S. House delegation. Over the last four decades, the seat has changed parties five times.

The Eight District includes part of Bucks County and a sliver of Montgomery County.


Shapiro Claims Victory in Pa. Attorney General Race, But Call Not In Yet
Midnight

Josh Shapiro says he's will be Pennsylvania's next attorney general, but the all of the votes have not yet been tallied.

The Associated Press and NBC News have not yet announced a projected winner.

The Montgomery County Commissioner would take over the office from convicted felon Kathleen Kane. She resigned from office after being found guilty of leaking confidential grand jury information to a reporter.

Shapiro battled Republican state senator John Rafferty -- also from Montgomery County.

Shapiro will lead more than 800 employees as the state's top prosecutor.


Committee of 70 Exec.: Voters Had to Wait Too Long in Philly
11 p.m.

David Thornburgh of the government watchdog group Committee of 70 tells NBC10.com's Brian McCrone about 10 percent of voters surveyed on election day had to wait more than an hour to cast their ballot.

He said that's just way too long. Thirty minutes is typically the benchmark, Thornburgh said. Watch his full interview here:


 

No Casinos in North Jersey
10:05 p.m.

Casino gambling will not expand outside of Atlantic City, the voters of New Jersey have decided.

Ballot question No. 1 asked voters to approve construction of two casinos in North Jersey. Specific locations were not determined, but The Meadowlands was a widely speculated spot.

Atlantic City has seen a contraction of the casino industry with five gambling halls folding in the past two years.

With 50 percent of precincts reporting, the measure was projected by the AP to be defeated with 80 percent voting against it.

Trump Taj Mahal was the most recent casino to close in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It shut it doors on October 10, 2016.
Photo credit: Getty Images


PHOTOS: Dinosaurs, Grannies and Babies at the Polls
9:45 p.m.

This is no usual election and that means it wasn't business as usual when some folks showed up to vote.

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Nearly Hour and a Half After Polls Closed, Final Vote Cast in Northern Liberties
9:25 p.m.

Voting continued long after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday in several spots around the Delaware Valley.

A long line stretched out of the front door at the Northern Liberties Community Center when the deadline came. It took 1 hour and 23 minutes for voters to make their way into the booth and cast their ballot.


Lisa Blunt Rochester Is First Woman, African-American Elected to Congress from Delaware
9:05 p.m. via Associated Press

Former Delaware Labor Secretary Lisa Blunt Rochester has won Delaware's U.S. House race, becoming the first African-American and first woman elected to represent the state in Congress.

Riding voter registration numbers that heavily favor Democrats, Rochester defeated Republican Hans Reigle in Tuesday's election.

Rochester, a political newcomer, loaned her campaign more than $400,000 and spent almost $1 million in topping a crowded field of Democratic primary candidates before defeating Reigle, a retired military pilot and former mayor of the Kent County town of Wyoming.

Rochester, who has said her focus in Congress would be jobs, the economy and equal pay for equal work, will succeed fellow Democrat John Carney, who vacated Delaware's lone seat in the House to run for governor.

Lisa Blunt Rochester
Photo credit: Campaign Photo


Dwight Evans Wins Chaka Fattah's House Seat
8:50 p.m.

Dwight Evans is heading to Washington to represent Philadelphia's 2nd Congressional District, the Associated Press projects.

He takes over the seat vacated by longtime Rep. Chaka Fattah who resigned from office following his conviction on fraud and racketeering charges.

Evans spent more than three decades in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives serving Philadelphia's 203rd District. Previously, Evans ran for mayor of Philadelphia in 1999 and 2007.


4 Hour Wait for College Student's First Presidential Vote
8:30 p.m. via Brian McCrone

Temple University sophomore James Base, 19, is voting for the first time at a polling place in North Philly.

The first time he ever voted was last year in his hometown, Springfield, Montgomery County. "I waited four minutes," he said of his initial experience at a polling place.

This time around, waiting in a long line of students at 10th and Oxford streets, he was likely to wait about four hours.

Council President Darrell Clarke and Mayor Jim Kenney showed up about 6:30 p.m. to shake some students' hands and thank the young voters for their patience.

Both city leaders said the city should look at ways to improve that particular polling place's operation.

"We could look at adding a third machine," Kenney said.

Clarke, whose district includes that polling place for the 20th Ward's 11th Division, said the long lines and long waits occur at that location every presidential election because of the high registration turnover among the Temple students.


Carney Projected Winner in Delaware Governor's Race
8:10 p.m.

John Carney, the Democratic candidate for governor in Delaware, will take over as the First State's chief executive, NBC News projects.

Carney, who last served as congressman in the state's 1st District, will take over for fellow Democrat Jack Markell who was term limited. He faced three other challengers: Republican Colin Bonini, Green Party candidate Andrew Groff and Libertarian Sean Goward.

John Carney
Photo credit: State of Delaware


Clinton Takes New Jersey and Delaware, Pa. Too Early to Call
8 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has won New Jersey and Delaware, NBC News projects.

The win earns Clinton 14 electoral votes in New Jersey and 3 in Delaware.

Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes is still too close to call.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JULY 6: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves good-bye to the crowd at a rally on the boardwalk on July 6, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Photo credit: Getty Images


Voters Still in Line 10 Minutes Before Polls Close
7:50 p.m.

With less than 10 minutes before the polls close in Pennsylvania, scores of voters were still lined up outside locations across area.

More than 100 voters were lined up outside the Northern Liberties Community Center in Philadelphia and dozens others in Upper Providence in Montgomery County.

As long as a person is in line before the polls closed, they will be guaranteed the right to vote.


Toomey: I Voted for Donald Trump
7 p.m.

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey casted his vote for president late Tuesday and finally chose his party's candidate, Donald Trump.

"I voted for Donald Trump," Toomey told NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal after leaving a polling location in Lehigh County just before 7 p.m.

Toomey has been waging a tough battle to keep his senate seat against Democratic challenger Katie McGinty. The Northeast Philadelphia native has been railing on Toomey for failing to say who he planned to support for president.

The senator has tried to keep himself divorced from Trump, who has inflamed minorities and even moderate Republican voters in collar counties like Montgomery and Chester counties with rhetoric.


The Roots' Tariq Trotter in Philly, 'Trump' in Chester County
6:30 p.m.

People waiting to vote in Northern Liberties had the chance to meet Tariq Trotter of Philly's own The Roots.

Trotter posed for photos and handed out water to folks queued up outside the Northern Liberties Community Center at 700 N. 3rd Street.

Thirty miles to the west in West Goshen, Chester County, voters were treated to a surprise visit from Donald Trump...well, at least, a guy dressed as the Republican candidate.


‘Youngest Voter There:’ Woman Who Got Married in Blizzard Votes With Newborn Girl
6 p.m. via David Chang 

Allison Sharkey knows a thing or two about perseverance. She didn’t let the Blizzard of 2016 stop her from getting married to her husband Juan Rodriguez earlier this year. She also didn’t let the early birth of her daughter Leyda stop her from voting Tuesday.

Allison’s daughter Leyda Elaine Rodriguez was born Monday at 2:34 a.m., a week before her expected due date. After doctors allowed her to go home Monday afternoon, Allison decided she was strong enough to go out and vote. Only a day after giving birth, Allison, her sister and Leyda went to their polling place a few blocks away from their home in the Francisville section of Philly.

Read the Sharkey's full story here.

Photo credit: M2 Photography/Allison Sharkey


 

Brady: Trump 'Deserves Every One of Those Zeroes'
5 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D - Pa. 1st) expects Donald Trump to get goose eggs in parts of Philadelphia when the final votes are counted.

"I think he deserves every one of those zeroes," Brady, the longtime Democratic City Committee boss, told NBC10 Tuesday afternoon.

The city has 1,686 voting divisions. In the 2012 general election, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn't earn a single vote in 59 of those divisions.

The results resurfaced earlier this year amid Trump's 'rigged election' claims though locals should hardly be surprised as the city has been deeply blue for decades.

Brady says he's "very glad to see" the huge turnout by Philadelphians and expects a second surge around dinnertime.

"A lot of people are voting against Trump," the congressman said. "They don’t like the bully tactics."

Philadelphia could see 80 percent voter turnout in this election -- a record amount.


The Wait Continues at Polling Places
4:30 p.m.

A long line of voters snaked out Dendy Recreation Center at 10th and Jefferson streets in North Philadelphia as the sun began to set Tuesday evening.

NBC10's George Spencer got a view of the line from high above in SkyForce10.

Long Voting Lines

Possible record turnout for #Election2016. #SkyForce10 and George Spencer found this long line in North Philly at 4pm. http://on.nbc10.com/OejwgGn

Posted by NBC10 Philadelphia on Tuesday, November 8, 2016


 

98-Year-Old Woman Kept Streak Alive: 'I Never Miss a Vote'
4 p.m. via Brian McCrone

Emma Green, 98, hasn't missed the chance to vote since she first cast a ballot for Hubert Humphries in 1968, and she certainly looked forward to casting a vote Tuesday for Hillary Clinton.

As for the rest of the ballot, she keeps it simple these days: "Straight Democrat." The Mount Airy resident grew up in Alabama, the daughter of poor, rural farmers and the granddaughter of slaves.

Hear more of Emma's story here.

Emma Green, 98, of Mount Airy, Philadelphia, kept her nearly half-century streak alive Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, when she cast a vote for Hillary Clinton.
Photo credit: Brian X. McCrone


Puppies at the Polls!
3:45 p.m.

It's safe to say this election has been rough for all of us and a few people may be tense when finally casting that ballot today.

But some lucky voters will find little furry balls of cuteness to help that stress melt away!

The Providence Animal Center is taking puppies to four polling places round Delaware and Montgomery counties to make people feel better.

The spots are Swarthmore Rutledge School, Norristown High, Navity BVM Church in Media and Ridley High School.

Take a look at the puppies at the polls:

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Potentially Historic Turnout?
3 p.m.

More Philadelphians could vote in this election than the 2008 contest that sent Barack Obama to The White House, city commissioners said Tuesday afternoon.

Chief Deputy City Commissioner Tim Dowling said turnout has been "on par" with Obama's first run for president. In that year, 70 percent of registered city-dwellers cast a ballot.

Dowling said an even higher percentage could be tallied by the time the polls close tonight.

"At the end of the night, its looking like will be up or surpassing that number," he told NBC10. Final numbers will be available after 8 p.m.

Across the river in Gloucester County, New Jersey, county election officials said they recieved a historic number of mail-in ballots and that voter turnout has been strong throughout the day.

"We have received over 17,000 mail in ballots – definitely more than we received in the 2008 historical election," Stephanie Salvator, Director of Elections, told NBC10.

Salvator said today's "great weather" is helping get people to the polls.

A long line of voters wait patiently to cast their ballot in King of Prussia around 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Photo credit: Matt Point

Turnout in Delaware County, Pennsylvania could hit historic percentages, according to the county's Republican party.

As of 2 p.m., the Delaware County GOP says their exit polling shows 40-55 percent of registered voters (all affiliations) have voted. By poll closure, it could hit 80 percent, officials said.

The county of 561,000 people is on target of having 300,000 votes cast, officials said.

In Chester County, a purple county deperately sought after by both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's campaigns, voting lines streched far outside polling places.

At a polling location inside the Schuylkill Township building, 1,100 of the 2,000 registered voters had already cast their ballot by 3 p.m.


Who Will Pat Toomey Vote For?
2:30 p.m.

Incumbent Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey will be coming close to the wire when casting his vote for president.

Toomey's camp says he'll vote at 6:45 p.m., but the candidate still hasn't said if he'll be supporting his party's nominee, Republican Donald Trump. Reps deflected the question when asked by NBC10.

Meanwhile, preps were underway at the senator's campaign headquarters for his election night rally.

Democrat Katie McGinty's challenge for Toomey's seat has been closely watched nationally. It's the most expensive senatorial campaign in U.S. history.

The race is close with recent polls with the lead volleying back and forth between the candidates.


A Few Minor Problems at the Polls
1 p.m.

Electioneering, polling places opening late and voters being pressed to present identification are the main issues confronting people at the polls, according to calls to the NBC10 Problems at the Polls hotline at 877-NBC-WCAU.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office tells NBC10 they have been investigating complaints similar complaints.

There have been no reports of major issues like voter suppression. Here's a handy guide explaining what to do if you run into issues at the polls.

Electioneering -- including displaying campaign signage -- is not allowed within 10 feet of the room where the voting is taking place in Pennsylvania. In New Jersey, it is prohibited within 100 feet of a polling location. It's 50 feet in Delaware.

Some viewers reported showing up to their polling location to find the place dark. In at least two instances in Philadelphia and Upper Darby, they said the polls were not set up. Volunteers were asked to help get the location ready, the callers told NBC10.

There was confusion in Pennsylvania specifically about whether or not people are required to show identification to vote. A person can be asked to show ID (it doesn't need to have a photo) when they vote a polling place for the first time.

Ryan Kellermeyer told NBC News he was eventually allowed to vote at Cayuga Elementary after arguing with the poll worker. He said he'd voted at the location before and that the worker was "asking everyone for ID."

"I think she wasn't trained very well," he said adding that he didn't believe she was being malicious.

You cannot be turned away if you don't have your identification. You can still be provided a provisional ballot.


Vote and Vax
Noon

Citizens casting a ballot at Philadelphia's University of the Sciences were able to get two important errands out of the way this morning: voting and getting vaccinated against the flu.

Dubbed "Vote and Vax," USciences students set up a flu shot station outside the polling spot inside Rosenberger Hall on the college's campus. The location serves residents in the city's 27th Ward.

"The flu shots are free with their insurance and we are actually picking up the cost of anyone who is uninsured," said Karleen Melody of Sunray Drug Stores, who helped to organize the event with the school.

Five people got their flu shot right at 7 a.m., Melody said.


Long Lines Form Early Tuesday at Polling Spots Across Area
11 a.m.

Voters wait up to an hour to cast their ballot this election day at a polling location at 12th and Wharton streets in Philadelphia.
Photo credit: Matt Schaffer

Polling spots across the region were jammed early Tuesday as people ventured out to select the next President of the United States.

Several polling locations in Philadelphia had long lines. The wait at Benjamin Franklin High School in the city's Spring Garden neighborhood reached two hours shortly after opening.

In the city's Kingsessing section, a polling worker told NBC10 turnout was larger than the past three elections.

Philadelphia Commissioner Lisa Deeley told NBC10's George Spencer voting in the city is on pace to match or exceed the historic 2008 election of President Barack Obama.

Election officials in Delaware County, Pennsylvania described turnout as "robust" but declined to release specific numbers. County spokeswoman Trisha Cofiell said officials in Upper Providence mentioned crowds were larger than past elections.

Polls close at 8 p.m. in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. And, FYI, if you're in line before that time, you must be given the opportunity to vote.


 

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