Make America Great Again hat trick Trump wins Lititz, Pennsylvania, nation to become next president

By on November 9, 2016

 Donald Trump shocks the world, becomes 45th President of the United States

While local homeowners had posted Donald Trump lawn signs about 35-times more often than dwellings fronted with Hillary Clinton placards, the news programs broadcast inside those homes offered little chance for the supporters of the maverick GOP presidential candidate.

Yet beyond all of the doubt and polling predictions that Trump would be admonished into oblivion in the race to be the 45th President of the United States, Trump handily defeated favored Democrat Hillary Clinton in a race that wasn’t officially decided until about 3 a.m. Wednesday, 21 hours after the polls opened in Lititz and Warwick Township.

Trump not only won more than 134,000 votes in the heavily favored county, or 57 percent, he managed to take Pennsylvania, something a Republican hasn’t done since 1988. Trump’s sometimes bombastic and verbose language resonated among working-class voters, who appeared to have defected from the Democratic Party.

Running on a populous message as the anti-establishment candidate who burned bridges even among respected GOP elected officials and party leaders, Trump promised to “clean the swamp” in Washington.

His message which resonated with local residents such as Denise Bromhead of Lititz helped win Lancaster County with more votes than either of the last two GOP presidential nominees.

Bromhead, who arrived at the Lititz Fire House polling station at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, expressed extreme dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama. She feared a win by Clinton would bring more of the same and vowed Trump “is the real deal.”

“He might be brash and he might be crude,”she said. “But it’s what’s in his platform that counts.”

Like many Trump supporters, a baked-in distrust of Clinton fueled a fiery passion and loyalty not seen in a presidential election in recent memory. “At least he’s not a crook,” she said referring to allegations of corruption often spouted by Trump voters.

Trump’s grassroots movement was also stimulated by a fundamental hatred of the national media, especially CNN and the Washington Post, Bromhead said. She hoped a Trump win would create a backlash against an “unfair media that would reevaluate its “bias.”

“When you’re on Facebook with over 300 friends and only seven are voting for Hillary, how can you believe what papers like the Washington Post are saying?” she said.

Helped by feverishly loyal fans, who often arrived up to seven hours prior to Trump speaking engagements, the new president performed strong in a state that had not sided with a Republican presidential nominee since George H.W. Bush in 1988.

Andy Spade, chairman of the Warwick Area Republican Committee summeraized the Trump phenomenom.

“This entire presidential election cycle has been unlike any I’ve seen. It’s been driven largely by people who aren’t traditionally politically active. I think many have felt disenfranchised, and Donald Trump tapped into that. For those people, he gave them a voice. I think it’s a sign that people want change.”

“I’m proud of our local Republican candidates and the fine job they do, and so far it appears the voters agree.”

Still, anti-Trump wasn’t hard to find at the polls on Tuesday.

Jennifer Shettel of Lititz favored Hillary Clinton because she worried about inclusion and tolerance issues.

“I’m motivated by the importance of equality for everyone and I’m also passionate about issues for woman and children,” she said.

Cassandra Allia didn’t care for either Trump or Clinton and considered voting for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson but found him to be too “wishy-washy.” She cast a write-in vote for Evan McMullen.

“I was very scared. Events in the voting season made me nervous,” she said. “I have a young family and wanted to make sure at least thinking I’m doing what’s right.”

Cathy Gonzalez of Lititz staunchly defended her vote of Hillary who can keep the country “continuing on a path to being better.”

“I think it’s a matter of voting for sanity versus insanity,” she said. “I do understand where the emphasis is coming from for Trump supporters but I don’t think it’s healthy for our country.”

In Lititz, the race was relatively close in which 45 percent of votes cast for a GOP or Democrat went to Hillary Clinton.

In Warwick Township, 65 percent of voters favored Trump among votes cast for either Democratic or GOP candidates.

In other local races, GOP Rep. Steve Mentzer won reelection to his seat in Pennsylvania’s 97th District, which includes Lititz, Warwick Township and parts of Manheim Township in Lancaster County. Mentzer, who easily defeated democratic challenger Charlie Klein, said he’ll be back to work early this morning.

“I’m honored to be awarded the position for another two years, I’d like to thank the constituents of the 97th District,” he said. “It was a great day, a beautiful day.”

Mentzer, who as of 11:30 Tuesday evening had yet to speak to his opponent Charley Klein, said he had a speaking engagement this morning at Manheim Township High School.

“The first thing we have to do is select leaders of the PA House where we were very fortunate to elect Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) to the majority Whip position,” he said. “The Lancaster coalition is very organized and getting him reelected will be the first order of business when we get back up there next week.”

In other area races, Republican Lloyd Smucker won a hard-fought and expensive battle Tuesday to succeed U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts, who is retiring after 20 years representing most of Lancaster County in Congress.

The two-term state senator fended off Christina Hartman, whose energetic and well-funded campaign raised hope among Democrats here and in Washington that the reliably Republican 16th Congressional District might turn blue this election.

Smucker called his win “exciting and humbling.”

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden stated “Congratulations to Lloyd Smucker on his victory this evening. Lloyd knows what it takes to bring jobs back to Pennsylvania and will find commonsense solutions to grow a thriving economy in the 16th District. I am excited to have his experience and knowledge as part of our Conference.”

In the 7th district, which includes seven eastern Lancaster County municipalities, Republican Meehan defeated Democrat Mary Ellen Balchunis, 60 percent to 40 percent.

The 7th district also includes parts of Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties and most of Delaware County.

Patrick Burns is social media editor and staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.

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