Lawton Republicans excited for America's future

Lawton Republicans excited for America's future

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - While Trump's victory in Oklahoma was virtually guaranteed, the question here was whether he could garner enough support in those crucial swing states to propel Trump to the White House or if they would be stuck with a Democratic president for another four years.

Republican Party Chairman Ed Petersen said he was shocked like much of the country but was extremely excited by everything that transpired.

"I think he has a lot to prove in the days ahead," Petersen said.

Many are eager to see if Trump will be able to deliver what he promised once he takes over the White House, but Petersen says a lot of questions will be answered in the immediate future.

"Who he picks for his key advisers and will he take their advice," Petersen said. "He doesn't seem like the type of person who is prone to take other people's advice but he's going to have to. I believe he is going to be a very hands-on president. I think he is going to have to rely heavily on Mr. Pence and his knowledge of the Congress."

Petersen says he expects many changes to come from Trump's election, from abortion laws to same-sex marriage laws, but that one likely change could possibly be more monumental than all others.

"The Supreme Court is probably the big one," Petersen said. "The fact that Mr. Trump will have a big impact on setting the nature of the court for probably the next 40 years is one thing that all the conservatives in the country were very concerned about a continuation of Mr. Obama's administrations and policies by way of Hillary."

Petersen said he was a little shocked by the result of the election because almost every major poll predicted Clinton victorious, with some not even predicting a close race. Cameron University political science professor Dr. Wendy Whitman Cobb said polling is a very difficult thing to accurately create. In this election's case, she says the sampled population simply did not match up with the actual population.

"At the end of the day, it does come down to statistics and some complicated math that I like to tell my students seems more like magic to make a sample closer to a general population," Cobb said. "So they got the math wrong. But they also asked the wrong people."

Cobb said you must accurately represent every portion of the population and in this case, they missed the most important group.

"They didn't get enough people who eventually turned out for Trump, so they undervalued that population and underestimated the effects that might have," Cobb said.

Cobb said she believes this election will change how polls are conducted for future elections to more accurately account for the entire population. As for Trump becoming president, Petersen said he thinks we will see a different Donald Trump in terms of his overall tone than the one we've seen through the campaign.

"His speech reaching out to Hillary and giving her credit for being in public office for a long time and working hard was a nice gesture," Petersen said. "So I believe that we see a good transition going ahead and of course the president has invited him to the White House tomorrow and we'll see how that goes."

Petersen said he hopes the entire country can come together and at least give Trump the chance to lead but knows that is much easier said than done.

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