Will Donald Trump Concede Election Tonight Following Vote Count?

Hmmm….

Donald Trump called into Martha MacCallum’s show on Fox News this afternoon, and, after a few opening Election Day pleasantries (the Republican nominee is feeling “really good about tonight”), MacCallum asked him about the lawsuit his campaign brought today, challenging the early vote at four Las Vegas polling places. Trump seemed a little vague about the lawsuit. He said his campaign staff “felt it was a pretty bad situation.” The lawsuit they proposed “sounded like a good one to me, so I let them bring it.” Then he said that his campaign had to keep the system honest. “I’ve been talking about the rigged system for a long time, Martha,” Trump said.

MacCallum sounded like she’d been waiting to hear that word, “rigged.” Quickly, she asked whether Trump would accept the result of the election if Hillary Clinton won it. “Will you accept that decision tonight? From everything you are saying, it makes me wonder.” Trump wouldn’t commit. “We’re going to see how everything plays out tonight,” he said. “I want to see everything honest.” MacCallum asked how he felt “about the peaceful transition of power that America prides itself on.” Trump said, “I do love it.” Then he said, “I also think when you see what’s going on with Hillary and the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice . . .” and he was off again, about Clinton’s e-mails. Trump did not say that he would accept the results of the election. He did call the system “broken.”

Exit Polls Show Why Trump Campaign Nervous Tonight

Voters are expressing unease about both major-party presidential candidates – but greater anxiety about Donald Trump – according to the Morning Consult/POLITICO Exit Poll.

Nearly 14,000 early and Election-Day voters were asked whether around 40 different characteristics applied to Trump and Hillary Clinton. And while the results are preliminary through Tuesday afternoon, they suggest more negative attributes stick to Trump than Clinton.

The top-scoring attributes for Trump are “stubborn” (81 percent), “arrogant” (78 percent), “he says what he believes” (68 percent), “reckless” (60 percent), “sexist” (59 percent) and “changes his mind” (59 percent).

Meanwhile, the most frequently cited attributes for Clinton were “knowledgeable” (68 percent), “stubborn” (60 percent), “changes her mind” (59 percent), “has the right experience” (57 percent), “not willing to admit mistakes” (56 percent) and “flip-flops” (56 percent).

The head-to-head comparisons were most kind to Clinton: 57 percent say she “has the right experience,” compared to only 31 percent for Trump. Only 29 percent say Clinton “does not know enough about the issues,” but half of voters say Trump doesn’t know enough about the issues.

 

 

Voting At Wil-Mar On Madison Isthmus Is Robust

James and I cast our ballots today at 1:20 P.M..   It is a tradition to vote on Election Day, and we always head out to cast our votes in the early afternoon.  With clear skies and plenty of sunshine it was a most perfect day to elect our first woman president.

I was number 974–but there were over 1,000 early votes so this is going to rank as a very heavy turn-out election.  We live in one of the bluest wards in the state.  I wore a dark blue shirt and shorts (it is 59 degrees here) with my blue deck shoes.

Blue all the way across America.

Forward!

 

 

Recalling My First Vote For President And The Year I Helped Report The News

There is no way on a day like this not to recall the first time I voted in a presidential election.  I penned the memory in my book Walking Up The Ramp and wish to share this small portion.

By the time 1980 rolled around there was no doubt where my political perspectives were headed, and they were not with my Dad’s party.  For the first time I voted, and while many sons might recall a fishing trip or ball game while bonding with their father I can think of no other event that clicked better for us than his picking me up as we headed for the small village polling place in Hancock.  Dad always felt his fighting in WWII was for the bigger reasons concerning the freedoms we enjoyed, and perhaps none more important than that of voting.  It was not lost on him that I was so interested in the election, and so eager to vote for the first time. It did not matter to either of us that we cancelled each other’s votes out that election.  Upon leaving the building we encountered Leslie Wetmore, who worked with Dad, and he gave me thumbs up as praise for taking the time to vote.  From there it was home for the dinner which Mom had prepared, and on to watching the reported returns.

At the end of the evening, after the election was called, Mom popped into my bedroom and remarked that perhaps Reagan’s victory would not be so bad, and everything would work out.  I never thought that to be her most sage observation, though she was usually an optimist in general.  She always enjoyed watching new families move into the White House, regardless of their partisan natures.  I would have been happy to have extended the Carter’s lease for another four year term.

The following presidential election would prove to be one of the more gratifying ones as I was able to broadcast from WDOR as the results were coming in from the nation and around Door County.  With our national feed from ABC News, along with a reporter at the local courthouse, I was able to weave the narrative of the night, throw in tidbits and trivia, and anchor the proceedings from the studio.  I had prepared a binder of all sorts of information on state races and historical oddities that made their way over the airwaves that night. 

If one can ever be ‘in their element’ that was certainly one of the moments for me. The 1984 presidential election will forever be recalled as a night when the national Democratic ticket imploded, but one where I was pleased with the product WDOR put out over the airwaves.  After it was all over, and the station had signed off shortly after midnight a friend and I met at Country Kitchen in Sturgeon Bay.  I still recall the dark ceramic platter that housed the eggs and hash browns and the tea-pot brought to our booth.  We talked far into the early morning hours, recapping events, and talking politics.  Though I was not making much money, and had not really decided how to make it to my next career goal there remains a glow in my memory about that time of my life. 

How Does The Election Outcome Look Through The Eyes Of A Child?

It is a day to not only vote but reflect on who we are as a nation.
This weekend in the warm sunshine a family stopped by with their young girl.  Her father mentioned that since the child is under ten she has no memory of a white man as President. By the time she graduates from high school and votes for the first time, it is possible that her generation will STILL never have had the direct experience of a white man as our President.  Just imagine how their consciousness of who can be President will differ from that of all Americans older than themselves.  That is something I know those who fought for our nation over the decades would be proud of, too.

Good Morning America, It Is Election Day!

This is how it looks at our home today.

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