On Tuesday, November 8, “Donald Trump elected president” graphics and gizmos were ready, just in case, but few expected to use them.
“We went into the night knowing there was a chance Trump could win,” PBS “NewsHour” anchor Judy Woodruff said. “But all the smart people said it was not going to happen.”
It wasn’t just pollsters, pundits and political whizzes who were assuming Hillary Clinton would cruise to victory — it was Republican bigwigs and Trump campaign staffers, too.
In the days leading up to Tuesday, “I was talking with people on both campaigns and I was getting the same prediction from Team Trump that I was getting from Team Clinton — which was that Hillary would end up with a few more than 300 electoral votes,” CNBC anchor and New York Times columnist John Harwood said.