Fifty-eight percent of Knox County residents voted for Donald Trump this year. That's just three percent less then the state average. Still much of the country is amazed he won the election. Most polls got it wrong.
Local 8 News Anchor Lauren Davis talked to local experts about why results were so confusing and what to expect when Trump takes office.
Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States.
UT Political Science Professor Richard Pacelle says, "It was one of the most remarkable nights in last 50 years."
The pollsters pointed to Clinton, but Lyon says all the signs for Trump were there. Matt Llyon with LMU Duncan School of Law says, "There were a lot of polls out there that showed him winning in key battleground states."
Pacelli says, "The final polls had Clinton up by 3% and she may end up by 1% so it's not that they're that far off."
Lyon says trump beat Clinton because she embodied the political establishment the american people didn't like. Lyon says, "There's a vast frustration among people about what's happening in Washington."
Pacelle says, "The media, the political scientists missed the depths of anger. We knew it was out there, but we missed how deep it was and how people were willing to take a chance on someone who has no experience."
Lyon says Trump will have a hard time repealing and replacing Obamacare. Lyon says, "It's going to be hard to take away something that millions of folks have. To take away healthcare that millions of Americans now have would be difficult."
Lyon and Pacelle disagree on if Trump will actually build a wall. Lyon says, "I think the wall will happen since he ran so hard on it. I would find it hard to believe he doesn't proceed with some physical border."
Pacelle says, "I think it will be difficult for him to get some things done like I don't think republicans can stomach building a wall. We have some very interesting times ahead of us."
Lyons also thinks Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is a potential Secretary of State nominee with his foreign relations policy experience.