Donald Trump has been elected 45th President of the United States of America.
It caps a wild and unpredictable U.S. election that went into extra innings, in a manner no pundit predicted when polls opened this morning.
Signs of an upset began to make themselves clear as Trump pulled off victory after victory in crucial swing states, including Florida, Ohio, and North Carolina.
But Hillary Clinton’s campaign ran into real trouble when Trump began to push into traditionally democratic rust belt strongholds.
He shocked Democrats by breaking through in Michigan and Wisconsin, and flipping Pennsylvania, a state which hasn’t gone Republican in a generation.
The result was an electoral map no one had anticipated, one in which working class white voters proved to be the decisive element, turning out in numbers no polls had predicted.
Around 3 a.m. eastern, Trump addressed a jubilant but exhausted crowd, taking an unusually conciliatory note.
He Praised Hillary Clinton for a hard fought campaign, and for her work as a public servant.
“Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.”
He spoke of unity, pledging to be a president “for all Americans,” and to work towards “rebuilding” America.
“Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”
Despite Trump’s apparent stranglehold on victory, Hillary Clinton’s campaign originally said she wouldn’t give up tonight.
Around 11 p.m., Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta addressed a crowd at Democratic Headquarters, telling them that votes were still being counted in several key states and Clinton wouldn’t have anything to say until the morning.
“Go home, get some sleep, we will have more to say tomorrow,” said Podesta.
However, as major networks began to call the race for Trump, CNN reported Clinton had phoned Trump to concede the race.
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