The following is an excerpt from Eric Bradner | November 9, 2016 | CNN.com |
Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's election victory proved -- once and for all -- that 2016 was the year that everything the political class thought it knew was wrong.
Trump's defeat of Hillary Clinton turned on its head years of wisdom about how campaigns operate, how America's demographics are changing and how a controversial nominee can affect down-ballot candidates.
Here are the five biggest surprises of Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning:
1) Trump won
The polls were wrong. Projection models were wrong. Veterans of previous presidential campaigns were wrong.
Trump's victory is one of the most stunning upsets in American political history.
American voters swept Republicans into power, handing the GOP the White House, the Senate and the House in a wave that no one saw coming.
Political professionals will now spend the coming weeks and months studying just how and why everyone missed it.
For more visit: CNN.com