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Numbers and ballots in the Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump battle for presidency

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By Eric DuVall   |   Nov. 8, 2016 (UPI).

Special to USAfricaonline.com

 

Millions of Americans head to the polls Tuesday to choose the nation’s 45th president, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. More than 42 million ballots have already been cast.
In a handful of crucial battleground states that will decide who wins the Electoral College, early voting records have been smashed.

In all-important Florida, 6.6 million voters have already cast votes for Clinton or Trump. Early indications point to record turnout among Hispanics, a key voting bloc that favors Clinton by wide margins, according to polls. Early voting data show Clinton has also surpassed the number of black votes amassed prior to Election Day four years ago when Barack Obama narrowly won the state and became the nation’s first Black president.

In virtually every plausible scenario, if Trump, who trails Clinton nationally, is to pull off the victory, he must carry Florida’s 29 electoral votes.
Early votes are not officially counted until after polls close Tuesday. But demographics and voter registration offer some harbingers.
Hispanic voters have increased their share of early votes cast by 5 percentage points, nearly doubling the overall total from this time four years ago. And while black voters decreased as a share of the early vote, the number of voters has increased by about 50,000 versus 2012 — when Obama was on the ballot.

 

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On the other side are white voters, who Trump will need to win by a large margin if he is to offset his difficulties with blacks and Hispanics. Overall, whites in Florida are by far the largest voting group. Though their percentage of the early vote decreased slightly from four years ago, 4.4 million white voters have already gone to the polls, marking 1.1 million more than this time last year. Trump will need them to break decisively in his favor or face a huge deficit to overcome on Tuesday.
The Florida early voting data were compiled by Daniel Smith, a political science professor at the University of Florida.

The titanic clash of Clinton and Trump has made for a presidential election unlike any in U.S. history.
Poll: Clinton’s Electoral College standing firm
Headed into Tuesday, Clinton held a lead of roughly 3 points in the popular vote, and would have a strong standing in the Electoral College, which requires 270 electoral votes to win. The election has come down to four states — Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and North Carolina, in which the UPI/CVoter state-by-state tracking poll shows a 1 percent or less difference between the two candidates.
A Clinton victory in any of the four would likely assure her the presidency. A Trump loss in any of those states would leave him virtually no path to the presidency.
If the election were held as of the last day of polling in the UPI/CVoter 50-plus-one analysis, Clinton would win the electoral college 279-259.

Though they often appeared worlds apart during the campaign, both candidates who call New York home will learn their fate Tuesday night just 20 blocks apart in Midtown Manhattan.
Clinton has scheduled an event at the Javits Center, a convention center on Manhattan’s West Side. Trump will hold his election night rally at the Midtown Hilton.
Both events are invitation only, though large, boisterous crowds are expected at each.

Clinton and Trump took surprising paths to their party’s nomination. Clinton beat back an unexpectedly stout challenge from the liberal wing of the party led by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Trump bested a deep field of 18 mostly sitting and former senators and governors.
Though she was still nominally fending off Sanders’ primary challenge, Clinton pivoted to the general election by late spring, weeks before either eventual candidate would claim their party’s nomination.
Neither candidate shied away from launching attacks in what quickly became an all-out assault from both sides. For all the intense scrutiny the candidates have received, the race has been relatively close. The UPI/CVoter poll has shown both candidates have led the race at different points since before the conventions in July.
Trump briefly took the lead after his Republican convention, but Clinton took it back after her convention a week later.
Then came the much anticipated first debate. Democrats hoped Clinton’s advantage in policy nuance would help her stand out. Trump’s supporters pointed to his unconventional debate style and penchant for off-the-cuff banter. In the end, experience carried the day and polls showed viewers rated Clinton the “winner” by a wide margin.

Then came the first October surprise — a video from 2005 in which Trump can be heard speaking into a hot microphone off camera during an interview with Billy Bush for the entertainment show Access Hollywood about grabbing women’s genitals without their consent.
Just when all appeared lost for Trump, then came October surprise 2.0 — and this time it was Clinton on the receiving end of the bad news.
Clinton’s email scandal resurfaced when FBI Director Jim Comey notified congressional leaders the FBI had come across a new trove of Clinton emails after their investigation months earlier, concluding she should not face criminal charges. Comey has since said the newly discovered emails did not change that conclusion.
(ref: UPI).

 


Forthcoming 2017 BOOK: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first PERSON reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two GLOBAL icons and towering PERSONS of African descent whose exemplary lives and friendship HOLD lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and CONSEQUENCE to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”

He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in Soutmandela-achebe-chido-book-cover-img_0075h Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being CLOSE to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown UNIVERSITY in Providence, Rhode Island.”I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that HISTORIC Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief EXECUTIVE of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when PRESIDENT BILL Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and CAME to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia
specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  •Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (GOVERNANCESECURITY, and PEACE in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown UNIVERSITY in Rhode Island and former ADVISER on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the INTERNET USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. 

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Aretha Franklin’s melodious voice, dignity and clarity were triple drivers of her artistic excellence. By Chido Nwangwu

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I believe that Aretha Franklin’s melodious voice, dignity and clarity were triple drivers which continue to make her artistic excellence a trans-generational gift to humanity.

Aretha Franklin who made an outstanding entry into both gospel and soul music with the release of her first album in 1956, titled ‘Songs of Faith’, died today, August 16, 2018, at her home in Detroit. She was 76 years old.

Aretha was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee.

She is the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and affectionately and deservedly called the Queen of Soul — especially in high regard for songs such as “Respect.” She was a part of the U.S civil rights movement.

I believe that Aretha Franklin’s melodious voice, dignity and clarity were triple drivers which continue to make her artistic excellence a trans-generational gift to humanity.

By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica [Houston], USAfricaonline.com and author of the soon-to-be-released 2018 book titled MLK, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Power, Leadership & Identity

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USAfrica: Martin Luther King’s message and Trump presidency. By Chido Nwangwu

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By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, Houston.                                                                            •Follow Twitter.com/Chido247Facebook.com/USAfricaChido

 

Today, April 4, 2018, as we mournfully mark 50 years since the killing of the foremost exponent of a global reality of social justice and the equality of the races, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jnr., it is important to bear witness to history and assess the present.

On July 15, 1994, I visited the Martin Luther King Jr.  Center in Atlanta, Georgia, for the first time as a member of a committee of a few African ambassadors, African-American professionals and a handful of continental Africans assembled by the Rev. Leon Sullivan, longtime advocate for equal rights for South African and American Blacks, to plan aspects of the 1995 African and African-American summit in Dakar, Senegal.

As I walked the premises with the late Dr. King’s son, Martin Luther King III, my mind’s eye recalled Dr. King’s vision, his unique poetic cadence, the flowing timbre of his voice, the inimitable rhyme and rhythm that punctuated his manner of speaking.  Amid those memories, I recalled the shattering staccato of angry exchanges between many members of Jewish and African-American communities in far away New York, Chicago and Massachusetts, carrying on in ways that would have made Dr. King recoil.  At least, he would have spoken with the calming ointment of mutual respect and Solomonic wisdom.

Into 2018, what do we see along the trajectory of what I’ll simply characterize as The Power and Permanence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jnr.?

First, the U.S President Donald J. Trump’s inflammatory stoking of bigotry and mainstreaming of the offsprings of the messengers of hate constitute,  substantially, an existential moral threat to the works and legacy of the truth-teller and prophet.

Trump should take an iron-clad stand (not made-for-tv retakes) against the assorted confederacy of skinheads and neo-Nazi thugs in Europe and corners of the United States. As well as against the radical jihadist merchants of death in Nigeria called Boko Haram and other transporters of hate, mayhem and bigotry.

Second, for all it’s worth, these times and the 21st century truly require leaders with a King-size vision, temper and courage. For example, South Africa’s late president Nelson Mandela towered beyond bitterness to live and work with his repentant apartheid jailers. His response to hatred from his apartheid oppressors mirrors King’s timeless example: be forgiving, remain noble, foster racial harmony and be fair-minded. I witnessed part of the King-Mandela sense of grace, first-hand, at the Robben island. I was part of the U.S media team with President Bill Clinton during the closing days of March 1998 when he visited Southern Africa.  I highlighted the spirit of forgiveness of Mandela in my forthcoming 2018 book  MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two global icons and towering persons of African descent.

Third, 50 years since his assassination, I believe that the global alliances of family, faith, character and social justice,  representing the rich tapestry of our ethnic/racial origins as Indians, Caucasians, Blacks, Jews, Asians, and a multitude of other backgrounds have advanced Dr. King’s vision.

Fourth, on the critical issue of race, racial identity and politics, in the course of political fights in Washington DC and locally, we have listened to the impassioned partisan drivel that Dr. King fought for a “color-blind society.” From my researching King’s view on this issue and having discussed the same question with one of his sons, the claim that the late but revered King worked and died for the emergence of a “color-blind society” amounts to nothing more than grandiose distortion and arrant nonsense.

It is sociological misleading since multi-ethnic and multi-racial societies will have their “color” components.  Therefore, the ideologically misleading mantra pretending to establish a “color-blind society” merely serves as a wedge issue and fund-raising code for contortionists of King’s vision and work which fundamentally and specifically sought the recognition of our backgrounds and even our racial origins.  He specifically demanded that we neither be judged nor discriminated against because of the color of our skin.  He underscored that we rather be judged by the content of our character.

Fifth, as a continental African in America, a recent immigrant and citizen of the United States of America who has been blessed by the graciousness, business opportunities, global breadth and hospitality of other Americans, I have cause to be thankful for benefiting from the vision, personal sacrifice and peaceful soldiering of the late but great Martin Luther King,Jnr. I salute this prophet for enabling a moral and social justice compass which fosters harmony, fair scales of opportunity and acceptance of all our unique talents and racial origins.

Sixth, 50 years since the killing of the evangelist of character first, we should do more by utilizing technological tools, networking our strengths, building family, exercising personal discipline, empowering religious and community organizations to fight all forms of discrimination and intolerance.

Seventh, the believers in King’s goals must deal with an increasing challenge, specifically: the hordes of unemployed (soon unemployable in the robotic computer market) inner-city youths who, frankly, do not care so much about whose holiday is celebrated, when and by whom. They prefer to connect with the “hustle”; but there has been an increase in the high school, first degree numbers and the numbers of healthcare professionals.

Dr. King saw the inequities of his time, but it did not stop him from rising to the challenge of the day and charting a moral, visionary road map for tomorrow.

50 years ago, the King was killed!

USAfrica Publisher Chido Nwangwu, pix Jan11 2014

50 years after, long lives the King!!

50 years ahead, long shall the king live!!!

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•Dr. Chido Nwangwu is Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com;  and recipient of several journalism and public policy awards. He has been profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. He worked previously for the Nigerian Television Authority, Platform magazine, and the Daily Times of Nigeria; and has served as adviser on Africa business to Houston’s former Mayor Brown. USAfrica, CLASSmagazine and USAfricaonline.com are assessed by the CNN and The New York Times as the largest and arguably the most influential African-owned, U.S-based multimedia networks. USAfrica established May 1992.


 

2018 book: In this engaging, uniquely insightful and first person reportage book, MANDELA & ACHEBE: Footprints of Greatness, about two global icons and towering persons of African descent whose exemplary lives

Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrsand friendship hold lessons for humanity and Africans, the author Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and consequence to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”

He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being close to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.”I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the internet, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

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