The 'Forgotten' Voters Trump Credits With His Victory

The now-President-elect has spoken about the people who feel left out.

ByABC News
November 9, 2016, 12:03 PM

— -- President-elect Donald Trump dedicated his first post-election tweet to "the forgotten man and woman" who he believes helped drive him to his victory against Hillary Clinton.

Analysis of the election results to determine who voted for Trump is still underway, but he has discussed the "forgotten" electorate regularly during his rallies -- especially during three of Trump’s final five rallies on Monday Nov. 7, the day before the election.

At his first stop that day in Sarasota, Florida, Trump said, "We are going to massively cut taxes for the middle class ... who I call the forgotten people."

"These are the forgotten men and women," he said. "They built our country, they built our country."

"You have one magnificent chance to beat the corrupt system and deliver justice," he continued. "We will deliver justice for every forgotten man, forgotten woman and child in this nation. Do not let this opportunity slip away.”

He repeated the call to deliver justice for the the "forgotten" middle class in Raleigh later in the day.

"We are fighting for every citizen who believes that government should serve the people, not the donors, not the special interest," Trump said. "And we are fighting."

At his final campaign stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which didn’t wrap up until the early hours of Election Day itself, Trump repeated his calls for lower taxes for the "forgotten people" of the middle class and painted the vote as a fleeting magical moment.

"You have one day to make every dream you've ever dreamed for your country and your family come true," he said. "You have one magnificent chance to beat this corrupt system and to deliver justice for every forgotten man, every forgotten woman, and every forgotten child in this nation. It will never happen again."

Initial election analysis shows that Trump did well among men -- specifically in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and North Carolina, where more men turned out to vote for him than for Mitty Romney in 2012.

He also outperformed Romney among voters earning less than $50,000 per year in Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

And while he struggled with women voters in pre-election polls -- especially after the release of the 2005 Access Hollywood tape where he made vulgar comments about women and his attacks on former Miss Universe Alicia Machado -- he had split results among women who cast their votes on election day.

He surpassed Romney’s share of women voters in Wisconsin and Florida, but earned fewer women's votes than Romney in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Further analysis of voter data will provide more insight into the voters who helped Trump win one of the biggest upsets in recent U.S. political history.

But other elected officials are already noting that Trump's message spoke to a group that had been previously overlooked.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who has had a contentious relationship with Trump at several points in the campaign, was effusive in his praise of Trump this morning and said that he "heard a voice that no one else heard."

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