At least 100 students are gathered in the Student Union Nov. 8 for an Election Day Watch Party. The event, put on by Civic Engagement, started at 3:30 p.m. and features live results, streaming from CNN and discussions among students. Follow The Panther for live updates and reactions from students at the party.
11:33 p.m. — Republican candidate Donald Trump wins Wisconsin, giving him more than the 270 electoral votes needed to win. Trump becomes the president of the U.S.
11:13 p.m. — Proposition 56 is projected to pass, raising tobacco taxes $2 a pack.
11 p.m. — Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton wins Maine. Republican candidate Donald Trump leads 264 to 218 and needs six more electoral votes to win the presidency.
10:39 p.m. — Trump wins Pennsylvania, giving him a lead of 264 to 215.
10:30 p.m. — Proposition 63 is projected to pass, requiring background checks for the purchase of ammunition and banning large capacity magazines. It would also make it a felony to steal a gun.
10:10 p.m. — CNN predicts that Trump will win.
“It’s not comforting to know that I live in a country where people don’t accept who I am, who don’t want me to be able to have equal rights as them,” said Jackson Gatthard, a freshman strategic and corporate communication major.
“It’s gonna be interesting having a Republican in office, especially someone who comes from a non-political background,” said Luke Bradbury, a sophomore communication studies and health sciences major. “He hasn’t been taught to (expletive) for his entire life – in all of his speeches, he’s very straightforward about what he wants to do.”
9:23 p.m. — Clinton wins Nevada. Trump leads 244 to 215.
9:07 p.m. — Trump wins Iowa and leads 244 to 209.
8:56 p.m. — Trump wins Utah and leads 238 to 209. Trump needs 32 more electoral votes to win the election.
8:50 p.m. — California state Proposition 64, which legalizes recreational marijuana, is projected to pass.
“I’m interested to see how they regulate it,” said Schaeffer Ahn, a graduate student in the special education program . “I think it was bound to pass. Last time it was on the ballot, it didn’t pass because of how it was worded. I’m also interested in the fallout and the financial aspect – how much money it will bring in and the effect on crime.”
“I think it’s cool,” said Juan Contreras, a junior computer science major. “People do it anyways but now you just can’t get in trouble for it, if you’re over 21 that is.”
8:35 p.m. — Trump wins Georgia and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton wins Washington. Trump lead 232 to 209.
“I don’t think Trump is fit to run this country,” said Spencer Santini, sophomore news and documentary major. “This country deserves a strong woman running it. The race is closer than projected, but she deserves the presidency. I’m happy she’s winning important states.”
“I like everything about (Trump),” said Kara Mendez, junior strategic and corporate communication. “He’s not a politician. He’s not a criminal. He’s not married to a serial rapist. It’s getting hilarious. The media totally got it wrong. They’ve been blasting him since the beginning and they were wrong.”
8:15 p.m. — Trump wins North Carolina. Trump leads 216 to 197.
“I voted for Hillary because as a woman, her policies and ideas align with my values,” said Haley Kinoshita, junior computer science major. “She’s also more qualified and has more exposure to issues faced by the country.”
8:08 p.m. — Clinton wins Oregon. Trump leads 201 electoral votes to 197.
8:02 p.m. — Clinton wins California and Hawaii, and Donald Trump wins Idaho. Trump leads 201 to 190.
7:53 p.m. — Trump wins Florida, and Clinton wins Colorado. Trump leads 197 to 131.
“I did eenie-meenie-miney-mo,” said Mac Wilson, a freshman business administration major. “I voted for (Donald) Trump because it was the luck of the draw. My parents made me vote. I’m surprised that Donald Trump is winning, to be honest.”
“I’m honestly disgusted (that Trump is in the lead), but also at ease because the largest electoral states are yet to come,” said Alex Alvertos, a freshman computer science major.
“I’ve lost a lot of faith in our country, because we voted a rapist into office,” said Raven Breitfeller, a freshman theatre performance major.
7:40 p.m. — Trump wins Ohio and Clinton wins Virginia. Trump leads 168 electoral votes to 122.
7:24 p.m. — Trump is leading with 140 electoral votes and Clinton has 109.
6:37 p.m. — 86 percent of students voted yes on Proposition 64, according to a live poll conducted by Civic Engagement.
6:23 p.m. — Trump has 129 electoral votes and Clinton has 97.
5:57 p.m. — 67 percent of students at the watch party are not happy with the results so far, according to the live poll.
5:45 p.m. — 55 percent of students at the Election Day Watch Party think Clinton will win North Carolina, and 45 percent think Trump will win the state, according to the poll.
Caroline Roffe, Jamie Altman, Rebeccah Glaser and Jackie Cohen contributed to this report.