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Cheryl Paysen looks at a screen displaying election results during the Washington State Republicans watch party Tuesday in Bellevue.
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It’s being called the most stunning victory in modern American history.

In January Donald J. Trump will take office as president of the United States. 

We’ve heard plenty from the politicians and the pundits. Now what do you have to say?

David Hyde speaks with Vox climate politics reporter David Roberts about why many on the left opposed a Washington state carbon tax initiative, even though that put them on the same side as the energy industry.

Amy Hagstrom Miller of Whole Women's Health had been having a banner year. Her organization, based in Charlottesville, Va., operates several abortion clinics around the country and brought a legal challenge that led the Supreme Court to issue a landmark ruling this past summer.

Undocumented mother and daughter Evelyn Guzman and Alejandra Perez say a new president brings uncertainly to their lives in the U.S.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump called for tougher immigration policies. The stakes are high for unauthorized immigrants in the Northwest. 


Activist Ralph Nader
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In this talk, activist Ralph Nader focuses on why we fail to make political progress, even when a majority of citizens passionately support an issue. He argues that left-right coalitions focused on Congress are one key to breaking gridlock in Washington, D.C. He calls on Seattleites especially to gear their tech savvy towards political participation.

It was perhaps the unthinkable: President Obama meeting with his successor at the White House in the first step to carry out the peaceful transition of power in the American republic — and that successor is Donald Trump.

But that's exactly what happened Thursday morning in what amounts to one of the more surreal moments in American political history.

Never before has someone ascended to the presidency owning the kind of complex network of businesses that Donald Trump operates. Trump has promised to turn his company over to his three grown children to run once he's sworn in. But he has refused to do what other presidents have done to insulate himself from conflicts of interest.

Updated at 7:30 a.m. ET on Nov. 10

Protesters took to the streets in cities across the United States, angered by the surprise election of Donald Trump. Demonstrations began shortly after President-elect Trump claimed victory in the early hours of Wednesday. On Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, they spread to several major cities.

Bill Radke speaks with former King County Executive Ron Sims and former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna about how much the actions of President-elect Donald Trump could affect life in Washington State.

Newly elected U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal and Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez share a hug on the day after Trump was elected U.S. President.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

The day after the election, local politicians in the Seattle area tried to rally their bases around northwest progressive values. 


KUOW special: The day after 11/8

Nov 9, 2016
Kemi Adeyemi, who lives near Pike Place Market, was excited early Tuesday night -- before results for Donald Trump came in.
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Many in Washington are feeling the blues after Donald Trump took the White House and Republicans took Congress in Tuesday’s election.

But locally, the blues won some key races, including Democratic incumbent Jay Inslee for governor, Pramila Jayapal for Seattle’s U.S. Representative and Patty Murray for U.S. Senator.

We’ll be getting reaction from around the region on the election results. Listen to this special hour of coverage from KUOW's The Record.

Russian leaders literally cheer Trump's victory

Nov 9, 2016
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Reactions in Moscow to Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election can only be described as “euphoric,” according to veteran Moscow correspondent Charles Maynes.

"Russian elites from Putin on down have been absolutely thrilled with the result,” says Maynes. “For example, in the Duma — the Russian parliament — when the results were announced that Mr. Trump had triumphed, lawmakers broke out into applause.”

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A little gallows humor to get you through the day.

Watch Hillary Clinton's concession speech here

Nov 9, 2016
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Hillary Clinton delivered a speech at about 11:30 a.m. EST Wednesday morning conceding the US presidential election to Donald Trump.

Watch it here. Clinton takes the stage at minute 43:

Meanwhile, major global media outlets have been shocked by Trump's astonishing victory, describing the US president-elect as "dangerous" and unpredictable.

Here is a round-up of some of the media reaction, via AFP:

Updated 10:28 a.m. ET

On Tuesday night, as the presidential election's outcome headed toward an unexpected Trump victory, stock futures plunged. Investors had bet heavily Monday on Democrat Hillary Clinton. As Republican Donald Trump picked up many more votes than polls had predicted, markets reacted violently to the change in expectations.

Tracey Tran of Seattle is worried (her words) that Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. She was with friends at The Comet.
KUOW Photo/Meryl Schenker

KUOW reporters were around the Puget Sound region Tuesday night covering the election. They spoke to some very somber Hilary Clinton supporters to get their reactions to Donald Trump's victory.

Voices include Loren Hendrickson, Blake Lynch, Kim Morris, Monica Lyon-Mendez and Antoinette Smith-Alexander.

Voters in the District of Columbia passed a measure on Tuesday in favor of petitioning Congress to become a state in the union.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton finds herself on the wrong end of an electoral split, moving ahead in the popular vote but losing to President-elect Donald Trump in the Electoral College, according to election results that are still being finalized.

As of midday Thursday ET, Clinton had amassed 59,938,290 votes nationally, to Trump's 59,704,886 — a margin of 233,404 that puts Clinton on track to become the fifth U.S. presidential candidate to win the popular vote but lose the election.

Three incumbent Washington Supreme Court justices appear headed to easy re-election. Justices Mary Yu, Barbara Madsen and Charlie Wiggins are all leading their challengers by double digit margins.

Pramila Jayapal says she'll go to Congress 'on the defensive' against new president Donald Trump.
KUOW Photo/Lisa Willmer

In the race for the 7th Congressional District, which includes most of Seattle as well as Shoreline and Vashon Island, State Senator Pramila Jayapal emerged with a strong lead on election night over her opponent Brady Walkinshaw. 

Her victory would make her the first Indian-American woman in Congress.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and others tried to spin Sound Transit's win into a reason to stay optimistic as presidential politics and Pacific Northwest values seemed to go in opposite directions.
KUOW Photo/Ann Kane

In Washington state, the presidential election didn’t go the way most voters wanted. But one thing drew faint, complicated cheers in the greater Seattle Area: Sound Transit 3 passed.


Beth Harrott, left, and Annabelle Richardson, watch the election results come in at The Century Ballroom. And yes, those are wigs (not their real hair) and pantsuits for Hillary, just to be clear.
Meryl Schenker for KUOW

The Pantsuit Nation was ready for a landslide.

Instead, Donald Trump, the Republican won. And Hillary Clinton conceded by midnight.

Democrats now have a 30-year winning streak when it comes to the Oregon governor's office. Kate Brown easily held off Republican challenger Bud Pierce Tuesday night.

At the Trump victory party in Spokane Valley, Washington, Republicans said they were looking for a candidate who could bring jobs to eastern Washington and the rest of the nation, who had family values they can support, and who can protect America’s borders.

Washington state voters said "yes" to a higher minimum wage, said "no" to what would have been a history-making state carbon tax and rendered a split decision on several campaign finance reform ideas in Tuesday's general election.

If the presidential race was a stunner, Washington state’s elections were not. Gov. Jay Inslee cruised to re-election as expected. And there were no upsets further down the ballot either.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee was cruising to re-election Tuesday night with 56 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Bill Bryant. But several other statewide races were still too close to call, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

A boy cheers at the Republican watch party in Bellevue on Tuesday night, as Donald Trump clinches Florida.
Daniel Berman for KUOW

The Republicans in the ballroom at the Hyatt in Bellevue weren't expecting this. They showed up late, and bowls of popcorn sat alone on tables. The scene was glum. 

Friends hug at the Republican watch party on Tuesday night in Bellevue.
Daniel Berman for KUOW

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Last updated: 11/9/2016, 10:05 a.m.

Momo Nikaido, 33, of Bellevue says she always thought herself a Democrat, but this is first election she has voted.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

There are two types of people in the country on Election Night:

The people like you, at home, curled into an anxious heap, rising every five minutes to refresh the New York Times homepage. (You can also refresh our maps for local results.)

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