Election Central: 2016

How Donald Trump Won

Donald Trump’s victory wasn’t written in the stars. He didn't even win a plurality, much less a majority, of the national popular vote. With relatively small changes in big states...

Trump's First Term, and Perhaps a Second

Donald Trump’s win was a shock to many, and it is riddled with paradoxes. In one sense, it was a strong win. He captured...

Trump, Advisers Start Building D.C. Team

Fresh from an upset victory in the race for the White House, President-elect Donald Trump and his advisers began the tedious but essential work...

Real Clear Politics Election 2016

GOP Congress Begins Crafting Agenda for President Trump

Congressional Republicans, still reveling in their sweeping electoral victories Tuesday night, began plotting their course of action next year with unified control of Washington. House Speaker Paul...

Obama Begins Transition With Trump

President Obama, who fiercely opposed Donald Trump and warned Americans the real estate mogul was “uniquely unqualified” to be commander-in-chief, pledged Wednesday to work with his...

Trump Outsmarts Experts All the Way to White House

NEW YORK — Donald Trump was right. During a rally last week in Minnesota, as the GOP nominee rooted around in traditionally Democratic turf for electoral votes that could launch him to the...

GOP Maintains Strong House Majority

The drama Tuesday night surrounded Donald Trump’s shocking upset of Hillary Clinton, but House race results also proved heartening to Republicans, as the party kept its solid hold on the lower...

Clinton Concedes, Acknowledging the Pain of Defeat

NEW YORK — The most powerful, compelling moment of Hillary Clinton’s campaign came in its closure, when she gave the speech she never wanted to give: publicly conceding to...

Clinton Quiet as Trump Makes History

NEW YORK -- In the end, history was indeed made here. Just not the way she, her backers, and most everyone who studies the complexities of our political system for a living had envisioned. Hillary...

Clinton, Obama Issue Final Appeal in Philly

PHILADELPHIA — On the verge of making history as the first woman president, Hillary Clinton closed out her campaign Monday focused on a more daunting task than the one on which she embarked 18...

A Virtual Draw in Iowa for Clinton, Sanders

DES MOINES, Iowa—The dramatically too-close-to-call caucus results had both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders claiming some kind of victory here Monday night. For Clinton, it was “a...

GOP's Debate Plight: Big Cast, Small Stage

, RealClearPoliticsPresidential primary debates pose a challenge for the GOP this year: How can Republicans showcase their wide, diverse bench of candidates without having them literally trip over...