Donald J. Trump was elected to become the 45th president of The United States of America following a competitive race for the White House.
The Republican candidate won the majority of votes in Sampson County by collecting 14,761 votes (57.2 percent). His opponent Hillary Clinton earned 10,486 votes (40.6 percent). Out of 37,834 registered voters, 25,931 (68.5 percent) participated in Tuesday’s election.
In the battleground state of North Carolina, Trump received 2,339,752 (49.9 percent) of the vote. Clinton followed with 2,162, 779 (46.1 percent). Nationally, Clinton won the popular vote, but Trump crossed the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes.
“I promise you I will not let you down,” Trump said to his supporters after the victory.
While addressing matters of U.S. allies, the president-elect tried to reassure foreign countries.
“I want to tell the world that, while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone.”
Daniel Ruggles, chair of the Sampson County Republican Party, is excited about the results.
“The majority came out, they voted,” he said. “I’m pretty happy and excited about. I hope he can turn back some of the negative economic impacts that (President) Obama placed.”
Ruggles mentioned the Affordable Care Act, opposed by many Republicans. He believes the healthcare overhaul did not make assistance affordable for the majority of Americans and business owners.
“Our hope is to see things like that improved, changed and made better,” Ruggles said.
Like many Trump supporters, Ruggles brought up Clinton’s email scandal with confidential information.
During Clinton’s concession speech, said America “is more deeply divided than we thought,” but urged supporters to accept the outcome of the election.
“I still believe in America, and I always will,” Clinton said.
According to Associated Press reports, Clinton noted that “our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to keep building that better, stronger, fairer America.”
As of Wednesday morning, the race for the governor’s seat is very close statewide. Attorney General Roy Cooper, Democrat challenger, is currently leading Republican Gov. Pat McCrory by about 5,000 votes. In Sampson County, McCrory had 14,860 votes (57.9 percent) and Cooper had 10,508 (41 percent).
Ruggles supports McCrory re-election and awaiting for the final result, which may take days and a recount. One of the key issues in the race was the controversial H.B.2 and issues regarding transgenders and the bathroom usage.
“In general, I think he has put our state in a much better business climate overall,” he said about regulations and tax structures.
He also applauded his effort towards teacher pay in the state.
“If you look at the average teacher pay in North Carolina with benefits, it’s outstanding,” he said.
A representative from Sampson’s Democrat Party was unavailable before press time.
In another statewide race, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr retained his seat with more than 2.3 million votes (51.1 percent) over challenger Deborah Ross, who earned 2.1 million votes (45.3 percent). In Sampson County, more than 14,000 (57.8 percent) residents voted Burr. Ross followed with 10,215 (40 percent).
“I’m looking forward to working with president-elect (Donald J. Trump) to build a brighter future for our children and grandchildren,” Burr Tweeted after the election.
For North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, Republican incumbent David Rouzer collected a total of 210,042 (60.9 percent) and defeated Democrat J. Wesley Casteen who earned 39 percent. Following the election, Rouzer released a statement about being re-elected.
“It’s an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the 7th District, and I am humbled to be elected to represent them for another term,” Rouzer said. “I will continue to work on the issues important to the people of the district and remain a strong advocate for our national defense and a less intrusive and smaller federal government so that we can once again be prosperous at home and strong abroad.”
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