2016 Election Coverage

Noah Thomas & Casey McAnarney | The Seahawk Staff

9:00 a.m. EST

Donald Trump was elected to be the next President of the United States in the early morning hours of Nov. 9 after gaining the 270 electoral votes necessary to clinch the election.

Trump’s victory acted as an upset in the eyes of many media outlets that predicted a win for Hillary Clinton. He was aided by wins in key battleground states such as North Carolina, Florida, and Ohio.

Trump’s final vote count in the Electoral College stood at 279 before Clinton conceded the race via phone call at around 4 a.m. Her electoral count ended at 209.

In North Carolina, Attorney General Roy Cooper is claiming victory over incumbent Governor Pat McCrory in the state’s governor race despite holding a lead of less than 5,000 votes.

Cooper’s victory has not been made official and likely will not be until a recounting of votes has been made. An automatic recount is called for when candidates are separated by less than half a percentage point. 

McCrory and Cooper are virtually tied at 49 percent with nearly 5 million votes counted.

11:47 p.m. EST

Donald Trump leads the presidential race with 232 electoral votes over Hillary Clinton’s 209. 

11:33 p.m. EST

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton takes Washington and stands at 209 electoral votes, just seven behind her opponent Donald Trump.

11:11 p.m. EST

Republican nominee Donald Trump leads with 201-197 electoral votes.

Senate race continues to be tight as Republicans lead only by 47-46.

10:57 p.m. EST

With Florida voting red, Republican nominee Donald Trump takes a large lead with 197 electoral votes.

10:43 p.m. EST

With Trump winning Ohio and Clinton winning Virginia and Colorado, Trump continues to lead with 168-131 electoral.

Incumbent Richard Burr wins a seat in the Senate for North Carolina.

10:34 p.m. EST

Attorney General Roy Cooper leads the race for governor with 51.44 percent.

In the presidential race in North Carolina, Republican nominee Donald Trump leads with 51 percent but no results are concrete yet.

10:27 p.m. EST

Andrew Barnhill concedes to opponent Michael Lee, according to the StarNews.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton wins New Mexico and 109 electoral votes. Republican nominee Donald Trump wins Missouri and earns 150 electoral votes.

10:06 p.m. EST

Montana votes for Republican nominee Donald Trump, giving him 140 electoral votes. He need 130 left to win the election.

9:30 p.m. EST

Clinton earns 104 electoral votes as Connecticut goes blue. Trump has 137 with Louisiana voting Republican.

The race for the Senate is tied with 42 seats for both Democrats and Republicans.

The US House of Representatives is mostly red with 107 Republican seats and 79 Democrats.

9:23 p.m. EST

Democrats need nine more seats to earn a majority over Republicans in the Senate now that they have 41 seats.

9:20 p.m. EST

Richard Burr leads the Senate race against Deborah Ross with 49.81 percent while David Rouzer leads the race for the US House with 53.19 percent.

9:14 p.m. EST

Republican Donald Trump now leads with 129 electoral votes as Arkansas goes red.

Gov. Pat McCrory now leads the race for governor with 49.07 percent.

9:00 p.m. EST

Donald Trump still leads Hillary Clinton 123-97 after he took Texas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas and other Midwestern states while Clinton takes New York and Illinois.

Attorney General Roy Cooper leads Gov. Pat McCrory narrowly in the race for governor with 49.11 percent.

Democrats lead in the Senate race with 42 seat to Republican’s 40.

US House turns red with 90 seats going to Republicans and 61 to Democrats.

8:30 p.m. EST

Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton 60-44 in Electoral College votes after the Republican nominee won Tennessee and Alabama with nearly 72 and 62 percent of the vote, respectively.

Trump won South Carolina’s nine electoral votes as well.

8 p.m. EST

With polls closing in multiple states on the eastern seaboard at 7 p.m., Republican nominee Donald Trump jumped out to an early lead in electoral votes with victories in Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia for a total of 24.

Trump added Oklahoma to his ballot later in the hour, upping his total to 31.

Hillary Clinton scored a victory in historically democratic Vermont, gaining three votes in the electoral college. The former secretary of state soon scored victories in Maryland, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. She now leads with 44 electoral votes.

In the North Carolina race for governor, Attorney General Roy Cooper holds a six percent lead over Governor Pat McCrory. More than two million early voters contributed to these initial results.

Voting results from across the southeastern United States continue to be made public at this time. Check back here at The Seahawk for updates.