HOUSTON, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- From November 9-10, U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry and over 100 professionals, including current and former heads of state, executive officers, U.S. business leaders, CPA partners and business advisors from across the nation gathered for alliantgroup's Post-Election Economic, Legislative & Policy Summit—the latest event in alliantgroup's ThinkTank series. During the two day event, economic and policy experts gathered to discuss the results of the 2016 election and its implications with respect to future legislative action, U.S. economic performance and broader tax policy issues to emerge in 2017 and beyond. Those in attendance included former Alabama Governor Bob Riley, former U.S. Congressmen Jim Ramstad and Rick Lazio, former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Dean Zerbe, Private Equity and M&A Advisor Neeraj Mital, former IRS Commissioners Mark W. Everson, Steven Miller and Kathy Petronchak, and alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav. On the second day of the event, Congressman McHenry gave the keynote address, focusing much of his attention on the surprising results of the presidential and congressional elections. Noting that the major prediction and data analysis websites were way off in their election forecasts (with multiple prediction models giving Hillary Clinton over a 90 percent chance of winning the presidency), McHenry dove into the reasons for the stunning results, tying the momentum of the Trump campaign to the economic anxieties felt by many white working class voters. While total voter turnout was down from the 2012 presidential election, McHenry highlighted one particular demographic that did come out—the rural, white working class—particularly in key swing states such as Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina. "The perception with a seismic shift on a presidential election is that you have a dramatically increased number of voters go to the polls. That was not the case," said McHenry. "There were only three states where the electorate expanded, and in those three states, Donald Trump won…in small towns in Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina, you had dramatically high turnout." The role of economic anxiety in determining the presidential election was a key theme throughout the entire event, with earlier panels noting that while the economy is in a better place than it was during the height of the recession, these gains have not been felt in the lives of large portions of the electorate. During the event's economic update, Lazio and Mital alluded to a disconnect between the nation's urban centers and the struggles of rural and suburban Americans who have been hit the hardest not just by the most recent economic downturn, but due to the forces of globalization and the implementation of technologies that have removed the need for many working class jobs.