It’s 12:01 AM on the East Coast, Wednesday, November 9th, 2016. The 45th President of the United States of America is yet to be determined. Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia have reported. No winner has been declared in the state of Ohio.
Hillary Clinton has 264 electoral votes. If she wins Ohio, Hillary Rodham Clinton will become the President of the United States. If Donald Trump wins Ohio, he will finish with 269 electoral votes; five more electoral votes than Clinton.
Perhaps you believe that if Trump wins Ohio, he will become the next president, but you would be wrong. You do not win the presidency by finishing in the lead. You win the presidency by winning a majority of electoral votes, and 269 is not a majority. It takes 270 electoral votes to become President of the United States.
Hours earlier, Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for President, won his home state of New Mexico. By claiming 5 electoral votes, Gary Johnson may have just changed everything.
It all hinges on Ohio. If Hillary Clinton wins Ohio, she will finish with 282 electoral votes and will be elected President.
This book is a more than political fiction. This is not a far-fetched remote possibility. It is not a prediction of what will happen, but rather a story of what could happen. I have attempted to make this book as plausible as possible and to avoid political bombshells. Yet, every election is full of surprises. The political process is never predictable. I do not have a crystal ball, so I cannot predict with certainty what surprises the selection of the 45th President of the United States may hold, but I do know there will be surprises and so I’ve woven just a few into this story.
At 1:05 AM EST, all major media outlets report that they can now declare Trump the winner in Ohio.
What happens next?