Hillary Clinton Wins the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

I’m calling it for Hillary.

Despite Secretary Clinton officially calling to concede the Presidential Election several hours ago, the former First Lady has been neck and neck with Trump in the popular vote through much of the evening.

As it stands (at 3:15 GMT, 09 Nov 2016) Hillary is currently ahead by ~171,000 votes, so I’m calling it for Hillary.

It does not need to be like this though. In both the UK and the U.S.A the mainstream, left leaning, parties are crippling themselves by trying to occupy a position in a neo-liberal centre which does not exist anywhere, except in the minds of the people running the parties.

In the UK, the Parliamentary Labour Party appear utterly determined not to endorse an actual left wing leader, who has a massive groundswell of popular support. Rather than try to harness the momentum of 500,000 members the PLP would rather tear the party apart.

In the U.S.A, polling during the primaries suggested that in the case of a Trump – Clinton election, Trump wins, but in a Trump – Bernie Sanders contest, Sanders wins by 10 points.

Just as in the UK, the supposedly progressive party cannot actually bring itself to back a left of centre candidate. Now we have President Trump, but it looks like Hillary still won the election*.

*disclaimer, maybe when all the votes are in Hillary might just lose, but its so close its essentially a draw, a draw in which the Donald wins everything.