Clinton fails to make history, loses race


Hillary Clinton addresses supporters on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 during a rally at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pa. (Steven M. Falk/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton lost the chance to become the first female president of the United States on Tuesday night.

Trump won 62.5 percent of Kentucky’s vote, according to CNN.

This team has so much to be proud of. Whatever happens tonight, thank you for everything,” Clinton tweeted before the race was called. 

UK associate professor of political science Stephen Voss said Clinton’s administration would have continued many of President Barack Obama’s policies, but she would have gone farther left than he had because of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s campaign.

Voss said Clinton’s administration would have had a big impact on federal judge appointments. After Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia died earlier this year, his spot has remained vacant. Voss expected Clinton to appoint a Democratic-leaning judge.

“Just filling that seat with a standard Democrat appointment would push the Court farther to the left than the Court has moved since the 1960’s,” Voss said. “If she gets to replace another Republican appointee, even the most moderate one, Anthony Kennedy, that would represent an even more dramatic shift in the Supreme Court.”

Voss said the longest streak of Democratic presidential administrations began when Franklin Roosevelt was first elected to the White House and ended when Harry Truman left office.

Clinton struggled to mobilize millennial voters initially while campaigning against Sen. Bernie Sanders, Voss said. Before the election, Voss said college students began to overwhelming support Clinton after the choice became between her and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Lauren Lawless, a UK math and economics senior said she voted for Clinton because she seems like the most qualified candidate.

“She has 30 years of experience in various political and law aspects that her opponent doesn’t have, that most presidential candidates and presidents themselves doesn’t have,” Lawless said.

Lawless said she had no preference between Sanders or Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary.

“I think she has done very well in those 30 years and even the positions that she has taken and has regretted, I think she has reconciled with those opinions and the people they affected.”

Ariana Oppegard attended an election night watch party at Al’s Bar. She said she supported the Democratic nominee because she was against Trump. She was initially a Sanders supporter.

Oppegard said Clinton has faced misogyny and overcome gender barriers in her presidential run.

“I don’t find her generally progressive enough for my liking,” Oppegard said.

Many political analysts expected Clinton to capture the Hispanic and Latino, black and millennial votes.

According to Clinton’s website, in addition to serving as the U.S. secretary of state under Obama, Clinton has been the U.S. New York senator, the first lady of the U.S. and the first lady of Arkansas.

The Center for Responsive Politics said Clinton’s campaign and outside groups raised over $600,000,000 for her presidential run.