Morning Must Reads for Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 314th day of the year. There are 52 days left in 2016.

Donald Trump wins the White House in an electoral stunner. Gary Herbert and Mike Lee win. Democrats pick up a handful of seats in the Utah Legislature.

The clock:

  • 40 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president (12/19/2016)
  • 72 days until Inauguration Day (1/20/2017)
  • 75 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
  • 120 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 363 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 727 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

Ten talking points for Wednesday:

  1. Absolute stunner! Donald Trump defied the odds, the pollsters, and the pundits and rode a populist wave to become the 45th President of the United States [Politico]. Utah voters pick Trump over Hillary Clinton and independent candidate Evan McMullin [Deseret News, Tribune].
  2. Gov. Gary Herbert wins a third term in office, handily defeating Democrat Mike Weinholtz [Deseret News, Tribune].
  3. Sen. Mike Lee crushes Democrat Misty Snow to win his second term [Deseret News, Tribune].
  4. Rep. Mia Love defeats Democrat Doug Owens for a second time on Tuesday night [Tribune, Deseret News].
  5. Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart and Jason Chaffetz all cruise to easy wins [Deseret News, Tribune].
  6. Utah Democrats picked up seats in the Utah House on Tuesday night [Utah Policy]. The Utah Senate remains unchanged after election day [Utah Policy].
  7. As it became apparent that Donald Trump would win the White House, markets around the globe plunged, but later stabilized [Bloomberg].
  8. Somehow Republicans fight through electoral headwinds and keep control of the U.S. Senate [Politico]. The GOP also holds control of the U.S. House [Politico].
  9. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams wins another term while Democrat Catherine Kanter leads Republican Richard Snelgrove for a seat on the Salt Lake County Council [Deseret News].
  10. Just in case you didn’t get enough on Tuesday night, here’s a way-too-early look at Utah’s 2018 midterm elections [Utah Policy].

On this day in history:

  • 1872 – A fire which began in the basement of a warehouse in downtown Boston raged for 12 hours, consuming 65 acres of leaving 776 buildings in ruins, and killing at least 30 people.
  • 1938 – Mobs of Germans attacked Jewish businesses and homes in what became known as Kristallnacht or Crystal Night.
  • 1965 – A massive power failure left more than 30 million people in the dark in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.
  • 1989 – Communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West.