Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Donald Trump pulls off an upset for the ages -- and brings Republicans another identity crisis

Donald Trump realigned the country the same way he realigned the Republican Party - with an improbable takeover that many political professionals saw as hostile, but one Middle America embraced as a chance to swing a sledgehammer at the status quo.

In a year full of surprises, Trump, a wealthy New York real estate mogul who once had his own reality television show, won the White House by romping through the Rust Belt.

His pitch, tailored to disillusioned blue-collar workers, helped him win battleground Ohio comfortably and, according to calls by the Associated Press, put Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in the GOP column for the first time since the 1980s.

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