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US ELECTION: Live Christian reaction throughout the night as Donald Trump looks set to become President

Tue 08 Nov 2016
By Sam Hailes

Join Jamie Cutteridge and Sam Hailes as they post live reaction to the US election plus all the major results as they happen. Have your say in the comments below or use the hashtag #PremierElection on social media.

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THE RACE TO THE WHITE HOUSE (270 to win)
46 states of 50 declared (including Pennsylvania)

Hilary Clinton: 218 electoral college votes

Donald Trump: 278 electoral college votes

9:00am Very few people really expected Donald Trump to become the next President. But it's happened! Its time for us to sign off now. But listen in to Premier Christian Radio (premierchristianradio.com) throughout the day for live updates. And request a free copy of the latest issue of Premier Christianity magazine to read how America ended up at this point. 

8:30am Twitter - which tends to be full of anti Trump campaigning - is reacting to the news with cries of #HesNotMyPresident. After Brexit, some in this country protested the result. Could a similar thing happen stateside with this Trump victory?

8:29am ABC projects:

ALASKA for TRUMP

8:09am Brian Johnson, worship leader at Bethel Church, California and writer of 'One thing remains' celebrates the Trump victory by referencing the Supreme Court. US evangelicals are hopeful that Trump will appoint conservative judges to the court.  

8:07am ABC projects:

WISCONSIN for TRUMP

8:05am Trump ends his speech by thanking the Secret Service and saying "I love my country". 

7:49am There are chants of 'U-S-A' before Trump speaks: "Sorry to keep you waiting. Complicated business. I've just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us - it's about us - on our victory and I congratulated her and her family on a very very hard fought campaign. She fought very hard. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time and we owe her a major debt of gratitude of service to our country.

"Now its time for America to bind the wounds of division. It is time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past - of which there were a few people - I'm reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unify our great country.

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"As I've said from the beginning ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement made up of millions of hardworking men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future. Working together we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream.

"Every single American will have the opportunity to realise his or her fullest potential. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no more. We're going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our infrastructure. I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America's interests first we will deal fairly with everyone. We will seek common ground, not hostility." 

7:47am Pence hands over to Donald Trump who slowly makes his way onto the stage.

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7:45am Trump's running mate Mike Pence makes his speech and says, "This is a historic night. The American people have spoken and the American people have elected their new champion. America has elected a new President and its almost hard for me to express the honour that I and my family feel that we will have the privilege to serve as your vice president...I am grateful to God for his amazing grace." 

7:42am Fox News and Sky News have both declared DONALD TRUMP WILL BE THE 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. It is reported Clinton has rung Trump to concede.

7:20am Trump has arrived at his campaign HQ. Will we hear from him imminently?  

7:20am ABC projects:

MAINE splits its electoral college votes: 3 for Clinton, 1 for Trump.

7:15am And so, on the most dramatic of election nights, the drama continues. We're caught in a bit of limbo. The precedent is for the defeated candidate to concede, before the winner gives their speech. But with Hilary's team calling it a night with Trump on the brink of victory... what now?

7:05am "SHE IS NOT DONE YET"

Hilary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta has just spoken to Clinton's supporters, telling them to go home, but that Hilary's camp has nothing more to say tonight: "She is not done yet."

7:00am BREAKING NEWS FROM CLINTON HQ

Hilary Clinton's campaign manager is on his way to Clinton's 'victory party' to make a statement. Hilary has remained at her hotel. We'll bring that announcement to you as soon as we've got it.

6:55am For those of you, especially Hilary supporters, wondering what to pray this morning, this from Martin Saunders is a good start:

6:50am "Ain't no mountain high enough" is being played at Clinton HQ. It seems a little fanciful at this stage. The way it's going, Trump's victory isn't even going to be close.

6:40am AP project:

PENNSYLVANIA for TRUMP

CNN project:

ALASKA for TRUMP

That ought to do it folks, Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States.

 

6:30am It's not only evangelical Christians who turned out for Trump, there was a huge swing among Catholics towards the Republican nominee.

6:15am A tale of two pictures to sum up the evening:

Democratic agony

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Republican ecstasy

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6:05am After 18 months of campaigning, voting is finally closed across all states in the 2016 US election. It seems that a huge amount of those votes have been cast by evangelical Christians, perhaps their largest ever turnout.

6:00am Good morning to those of you just joining us - where have you been? Ah, yes, sleeping. The sensible approach. You've missed an astonishing night for Donald Trump who looks set to be the 45th President of the United States. With just eight states to declare, Hilary Clinton needs remarkable turnarounds in Pennsylvania, Michigan and New Hampshire. We'll be here till the results are declared and the speeches are made.  

5:45 The BBC are currently discussing what would happen in the event of a tie - which is still possible. To sum up: imagine the most confusing set of events you can imagine. Double it. Add four. And then you're in the right ball park. For Christians, the story of the night is the groundswell of support for Trump among evangelicals. Author Megan McArdle has one possible explanation...

5:40am As much as American is a divided country, it now feels like America has a divided Church. We have to pray for those in authority, but let's also commit to praying for our brothers and sisters on the other side of the pond: may they remember that what unites them is bigger than what divides them.

Equally, let's try to share in John Piper's eternal perspective.

5:35am 42 down, 8 to go and Hilary Clinton's path to the White House looks nigh-on impossible. 

05:30am ABC project:

NAVADA for CLINTON

Too little, too late?

05:25am Not everyone on Twitter is upset about the result. The former "Imperial Wizard of the KKK"(!) has expressed his delight. 

05:20am Of course, it isn't only the identity of the next US President being decided tonight. It looks like a good night for the Republicans in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Elsewhere, three states have voted on whether they should keep the death penalty, and it looks like all three have come out in favour of capital punishment.

05:15am US author Brett McCracken has some strong word for Christian Clinton voters.

05:10am As you can imagine, there are scenes of jubilation at the Trump campaign party.

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05:05am The pictures we're seeing from Trump HQ seem to be full of church leaders. 

05:00am Meanwhile, the Canadian immigration website seems to have crashed. Make of that what you will.

04:55am Others, such as Florida church leader Nathan Hamm are just plain angry:

04:45am If Hilary is to stand a chance, she needs to win in New Hampshire and Michigan, neither of which look hugely likely at the moment. For many American Christians, there's some soul searching going on. For others there's celebration. And for other, like Southern Baptist Russell Moore, there's deep, overwhelming sadness.

04:45am ABC and CNN project:

GEORGIA for TRUMP

04:40am For those of you just joining us, Donald Trump looks set to become the next President of the United States. From this point, Hilary Clinton needs everything to go her way. Unsurprisingly, Trump has been backed up by a huge amount of white evangelical Christians.

 

04:35am ABC project:

UTAH for TRUMP

FLORIDA for TRUMP

IOWA for TRUMP

WASHINGTON for CLINTON

04:32am Confirmation that Trump has won Florida - a key battleground state. This is big news and a further sign that Trump really could win tonight.

04:30am Both Obama and Hillary Clinton (as secretary of state) have taken action that's irked pro Israel US evangelicals.

04:23am We're guessing Joel is commenting on the US election. But as the frontman of Hillsong United, he could also be coming up with yet another cool one word album title? Would follow on nicely from Aftermath, Zion and Empires.

04:16am Rachel Held Evans has been a consistent and vocal Christian campaigner against Trump. Are Clinton supporters beginning to concede defeat?

04:14am ABC project:

OREGON for CLINTON

04:13am Hillary supporters are finding it hard to watch this

04:10am Many commentators continuing to make the Brexit comparison, specifically that people are fed up with the status quo and 'the establishment'. Trump supporters like his straight talking style and business background.

04:06am It was Clinton's victory in California (which was expected) which has edged her into the lead. Latest results are:

CALIFORNIA for CLINTON

IDAHO for TRUMP

HAWAII for CLINTON

NORTH CAROLINA for TRUMP (77 per cent of the population of this state identify as Christian)

04:01am Hillary Clinton edges into the lead for the first time (190 electoral college votes vs Trump's 172).

03:57am Pastor Mark Dever responds to Colorado's decision to legalise assisted suicide

03:55am Kevin DeYoung suggests Pastors preach the Bible and political commentators commentate. Sounds sensible to us!

03:54am Just to underline the Ohio vote again - since 1948, only one candidate (John Kennedy) has made it to the White House without winning Ohio. Donald Trump has won in Ohio. And Florida (another key swing state) looks like it might go to Trump as well.

03:45am Christian songwriter and worship leader tweets Donald Trump's slogan 'Make America great again'

03:40am Some reports the Clinton campaign team are feeling worried.

03:29am ABC project:

VIRGINIA for CLINTON

OHIO for TRUMP

COLORADO for CLINTON

03:28am Jerry Falwell Jr interviewed live on BBC News at the Trump rally. Falwell says, "Really encouraging to see the numbers, I'm very optimistic about the results. It's going to go right down to the wire, definitely a nail biter."

Asked why so many evangelicals are supporting a man who talks about groping women, Falwell replies, "Evangelicals believe all people are sinners. We've all done wrong, we all need forgiveness. The Donald Trump I know has a big heart, he loves people, he loves this country. The evangelicals were largely - the vast majority - were supporting Trump well before the evangelical leadership was. The divide has been in the evangelical leadership, not the rank and file."

 

03:24am Big news - Trump has won in Ohio. Historically, whoever wins Ohio usually goes on to become President...Florida still looking too close to call.

03:16am Sobering words from this pastor in Indiana

03:09am ABC project:

NEW MEXICO for CLINTON

MISSOURI for TRUMP

03:06am Strong words from the Pastor of Grace Meridian Hill in Washington DC

03:01am ABC project:

MONTANA for TRUMP

03:00am ABC projects Colorado have voted to legalise assisted suicide

02:50am As many predicted, there's more Trump voters out there than the pollsters thought.

02:37am Author and speaker on religious freedom and the persecuted Church K A Ellis writes, "A Clinton presidency will ensure a rise in legislated anti-Christian hostility by opposing Christianity. A Trump presidency will ensure a rise in cultural anti-Christian hostility by misrepresenting Christianity. Either way the church will be sifted; either way, she'll persevere."

02:35am There's no question that white evangelicals in the US have taken a liking to Trump

02:34am One hour ago the New York Times said there was an 80% chance of a Clinton victory. They're now predicting a a Trump win (53% chance).

02:33am ABC project:

LOUISIANA FOR TRUMP

02:30am NOT NOW, JOEL!

02:25am Look, I know this is a Christian liveblog, but this is worth hearing. For the first time tonight, Trump has just become favourite on one well-known British bookmaker. Blimey.

02:25am Good to know that churches in America have remained on a fairly even keel...

02:20am With votes still being counted, Trump remains ahead in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and, perhaps most surprisingly, Virginia. Game on?

02:20am ABC project:
CONNECTICUT for CLINTON

02:15am These latest projections put Trump ahead. 

02:15am CNN project:

TEXAS for TRUMP

ARKANSAS for TRUMP

02:10am Projections and betting markets are beginning to shift. The New York Times' projection has Hilary's chances down to 57%. It's all getting a bit 'Brexit-y'.

02:05am Despite Trump claiming five new states to Clinton's one, Hilary's win in hugely important New York ensures she remains in the lead. All eyes remain on Florida.

02:00am CNN project:

NEW YORK for CLINTON

KANSAS for TRUMP

NEBRASKA for TRUMP

WYOMING for TRUMP

NORTH DAKOTA for TRUMP

SOUTH DAKATO for TRUMP

01:55am Polls are about to close in a host of states. Projections coming...

01:50am I wouldn't want to second guess, but I think it's a fair assumption that Rachel Held Evans isn't a fan of the ever-increasing Trump vote.

01:35am Watching the results come in at Clinton HQ is stressful business...

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 01:30am For American evangelicals, the result might only be the start...

01:25am As more and more results come in, New York Times' forecast is holding steady, giving Hilary Clinton an 80% chance of victory.

01:25am ABC News project:

SOUTH CAROLINA for TRUMP

ALABAMA for TRUMP

 01:20am American pastor Banning Liebscher is keeping his focus heavenwards, no matter what the result is...

01:15am Florida update: After 86% of votes counted, Trump is just 918 votes ahead! This is going down to the wire...

01:05am Here's the big news you've all been waiting for: a picture of Donald Trump's (possible) celebration cake. It's a Donald Trump head cake. Coming soon to a bakery near you...

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01:00am: Huge set of projections here, but no huge surprises.

ABC and CNN project:

ILLINOIS for CLINTON

NEW JERSEY for CLINTON

RHODE ISLAND for CLINTON

DELAWARE for CLINTON

MASSACHUTSETTS for CLINTON

MARYLAND for CLINTON

DISTRICT of COLOMBIA for CLINTON

OKLAHOMA for TRUMP

MISSISSIPPI for TRUMP

TENNESSEE for TRUMP

12:55am There are a heap of numbers around at the moment. Hilary Clinton has edged ahead in Florida after 65% of votes, and is looking good in North Carolina as well. Early days yet though. I guess 1am is technically early.

12:50am One thing is for certain, this has been the most divisive US election is history. ABC's polling shows that voters are more scared than excited about both candidates.

FiveThirtyEight

12:45am The key state to keep an eye on at the moment is Florida; whoever wins there will be favourite to take The White House. After 55% of votes have been counted, Donald Trump has a slender lead.

12:40am Resurgent writer Erick Erickson thinks the early results show that one of Trump's most notable controversies may have cost him some Christian votes.

12:30am ABC News predict:

WEST VIRGINIA for TRUMP

12:22am Steve Strang, the founder of American Christian magazine Charisma is at Trump's "victory party" in New York. Strang posted this photo on Facebook and reported "The mood is upbeat." He is one of many American evangelicals who is backing Trump.

 

12:16am New York Times is forecasting 82% chance of a Clinton victory.

12:00am First ABC predictions are in. And there aren't any surprises yet:

KENTUCKY for TRUMP

VERMONT for CLINTON

INDIANA for TRUMP

11:50pm The #PrayForAmerica hashtag on Twitter is looking busy. Expect it to be that way all night.

11:40pm Not a ringing endorsement for either candidate, but Clinton slightly ahead

11:37pm It is thought that up to one half of US polling stations are churches. This photo was taken inside Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in St. Charles, Missouri.

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11:33pm BBC now confirming earlier reports that the last Republican President George W. Bush did not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. It is not known if he voted third party or wrote in another name.

11:23pm Popular US blogger and church leader Kevin DeYoung has also posted an election prayer on The Gospel Coalition website. He says, "there are no Messiahs except for Jesus".

11:20pm Rev Dr Chuck Currie from the United Church of Christ shares a prayer for his nation

 

11:18pm America is the third largest country in the world. And yet Clinton and Trump have decided to have their parties just around the corner from each other!

11:12pm Gabe Lyons, who is responsible for a huge amount of research into what the next generation of US evangelicals are thinking has tweeted about unity. Expect to see a lot of similar thoughts from other evangelicals not just tonight but in the coming days.

11:05pm This video of Executive Director of the Baptist convention of Maryland/Delaware Kevin Smith saying "black folk in the body of Christ ain't feeling too good" about the election is gaining ground. In the clip, Smith attacks Christians who identify as pro-life but "minimise racism".

10:54pm Popular Christian author and broadcaster Eric Metaxas has been a vocal defender of Trump.

10:53pm The ABC News poll shows 54% view Clinton unfavourably, but 61% say the same of Trump. This is further confirmation that these two candidates are widely and strongly disliked by the American people. As the American Pastor Skye Jethani recalled, "Would you rather be shot or poisoned? That is how one American senator described the choice in this year’s US presidential contest...If my friends in the UK are bewildered by this election, I assure you the feeling is shared on this side of the pond. Both Clinton and Trump have the highest unfavourable ratings of any presidential candidates in the history of American polling."

10:45pm The ABC News poll also shows 75% of voters made their mind up about who to vote for more than one month ago.

10:43pm ABC News/Washington Post poll reports, "White evangelical Christians make up 27 percent of voters in preliminary exit poll results, similar to 2012, and a very strong group for Trump in pre-election polling."

10:38pm Interesting observation from Christian Guy, formerly David Cameron's special advisor for UK poverty.

10:36pm Hillary Clinton is leading the polls by 3 or 4 points. But polls can be wrong, says pollster John Curtice. 

10:25pm Here's what the US embassy in London looks like tonight.

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10:22pm Good evening and welcome to our live blog of the US election. I'm Sam Hailes and I'll be with you for the next couple of hours before Jamie Cutteridge takes over. Our aim is to bring you all the Christian reaction to the results in real time. If you want to join in the fun on Twitter use the hashtag #PremierElection

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