Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States.
Donald Trump pulled off a stunning upset Tuesday night after capturing the presidency from Hillary Clinton by grabbing key battleground states and even snatching traditional Democratic strongholds from the former Secretary of State.
The victory by the political novice against the experienced stateswoman, who has spent decades in public service, stunned observers and ran contrary to late polling, which showed Clinton with a slight lead going into Election Day.
Clinton, who fought a bruising battle with the real estate mogul for months and hoped to be the first woman president, called Trump to concede early Wednesday morning.
“I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us — it’s about us — on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard fought campaign,” Trump said in his victory speech.
Gone was Trump’s refrain, which he repeated about every juncture, about “Crooked Hillary” and what he called her unprecedented corruption. And apparently gone was his oft-repeated rhetoric about the election being “rigged.” “Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time and we owe her a major debt of gratitude,” Trump said.
Trump’s support ran not only through the expected battleground states, such as Florida, North Carolina, Iowa and Ohio, but traditionally blue states as well, such as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. And his victory came as the GOP was projected to retained control of the House and Senate.
What appeared to be a narrow path for Trump to win the Electoral College, assuming Democratic strongholds held, grew wider as Trump took state after state. And Trump’s lead in the popular vote 48-47 percent, with 89 percent of the expected vote reporting, never waned.
With 89 percent of the expected vote in, more than 120 million ballots had been cast. Trump led the popular vote by more than 1 million votes and led the electoral vote 278-218.