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US ELECTION: Live Christian reaction throughout the night as Donald Trump looks set to become President
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.
Supreme Court— Brian Johnson (@brianjohnsonM) November 9, 2016
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.
"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.
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:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;— Martin Saunders ن (@martinsaunders) November 9, 2016
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
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
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.
Yes, the evangelical numbers were bad. But I've said from the beginning Catholics would be swing vote, and they were. Look at these numbers. pic.twitter.com/KxoAW9cZ5p— Michael Wear (@MichaelRWear) November 9, 2016
6:15am A tale of two pictures to sum up the evening:
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.
ABC reporting largest turnout of evangelical vote in history— O S Hawkins (@OSHawkins) November 9, 2016
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...
One thing liberals consistently failed to understand is how events of the last 8 yrs have convinced Xtians they’re under existential threat— (((Megan McArdle))) (@asymmetricinfo) November 9, 2016
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.
I love my Dem/Liberal friends. But you can't dismiss evangelicals' beliefs (no matter how much you disagree) and not expect repercussions https://t.co/D6mPzUtyLw— Jemar Tisby (@JemarTisby) November 9, 2016
Equally, let's try to share in John Piper's eternal perspective.
One day America and all its presidents will be a footnote in history, but the kingdom of Jesus will never end.— John Piper (@JohnPiper) August 21, 2016
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.
Meanwhile, the death penalty is winning in 3 states. It's like the last 20 years of exonerations, crime lab scandals, etc. never happened.— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) November 9, 2016
05:15am US author Brett McCracken has some strong word for Christian Clinton voters.
I guess Dems overestimated the appeal of legal baby killing & calling religious people bigots for sticking to 2,000 yrs of church teaching.— Brett McCracken (@brettmccracken) November 9, 2016
05:10am As you can imagine, there are scenes of jubilation at the Trump campaign party.
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:
Too many white evangelicals want an angry, vengeful, violent Caesar not a loving, peaceful, nonviolent Messiah.— Nathan Hamm (@NathanHamm) November 9, 2016
They want Trump, not Jesus.
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.
It's hard not to see this as, in part, a repudiation of President Obama and his foreign policy (among other things).— ... Ed Stetzer ... (@edstetzer) November 9, 2016
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.
Inevitable?— Joel Timothy Houston (@joelhouston) November 9, 2016
04:16am Rachel Held Evans has been a consistent and vocal Christian campaigner against Trump. Are Clinton supporters beginning to concede defeat?
I don't know what else to say except I'm shocked and I feel sick.— Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) November 9, 2016
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
Colorado just approved a measure to legalize doctors killing some patients. If you're older or sick, consider retiring somewhere else.— Mark Dever (@MarkDever) November 9, 2016
03:55am Kevin DeYoung suggests Pastors preach the Bible and political commentators commentate. Sounds sensible to us!
No matter what happens, let's be cautious about thinking we know what it all means, but let's keep preaching what we know the Bible means.— Kevin DeYoung (@RevKevDeYoung) November 9, 2016
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'
Make America great again! Jesus give this nation another 4 yrs! Turn our hearts back to You!— leeland mooring (@leelandmooring) November 9, 2016
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
Pastors, we have our work cut out for us.— Nate Pyle (@NatePyle79) November 9, 2016
The ministry of reconciliation has been neglected for too long. Tonight, we reap our ambivalence.— Nate Pyle (@NatePyle79) November 9, 2016
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
However "evangelicals" rationalize their overwhelming support of DT, this now is clear: the Church hasn't progressed much on race in 150 yrs— Duke Kwon (@dukekwondc) November 9, 2016
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.
Wow... so, the "Shy Trump Voter" will be the story of tonight (and may win Trump the election). #ElectionNight— ... Ed Stetzer ... (@edstetzer) November 9, 2016
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!
If you allow worry in, it pushes out peace. You don’t have space for both.— Joel Osteen (@JoelOsteen) November 9, 2016
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.
That it's this close is an indictment on our country.— Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) November 9, 2016
01:35am Watching the results come in at Clinton HQ is stressful business...
01:30am For American evangelicals, the result might only be the start...
Must we? Really? We've been having this conversation for a decade (at least). https://t.co/ahhpaLXg7W— Matthew Anderson (@mattleeanderson) November 9, 2016
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...
No matter what happens, my job remains the same tomorrow. Love God, love people, preach Jesus, advance His Kingdom, carry hope for America.— Banning Liebscher (@thebanning) November 9, 2016
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...
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.
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.
Looking at the exits, it looks like Trump's Access Hollywood video did a lot of damage to his evangelical support.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) November 9, 2016
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
Top statements chosen by American voters to describe Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton:— America Elects (@britainelects) November 8, 2016
(via Morning Consult, exit poll) pic.twitter.com/PqAyRR0YN2
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.
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.
No matter who wins, Christians must unify and bring the healing & renewal our neighbors are longing for that can't be found in a President.— Gabe Lyons (@GabeLyons) November 8, 2016
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.
Today on the subway 5 young African-Americans were super loud & vulgar, threatening to F-up Trump voters. Will discuss on radio tomorrow.— Eric Metaxas (@ericmetaxas) November 8, 2016
I got video of the troublemakers. They were very threatening & super vulgar & clearly spoiling for trouble on a very very crowded subway car— Eric Metaxas (@ericmetaxas) November 8, 2016
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.
At least the winner has months to recover, plan & appoint before taking office. UK should do the same. PM gets a few hours. #ElectionNight— Christian Guy (@ChristianGuy_) November 8, 2016
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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