NEW YORK, U.S. - In what has been a historic moment for the United States of America - Donald John Trump, Sr. has become the President-Elect. Defying all expectations, polls and projections - ...
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NEW YORK, U.S. - In what has been a historic moment for the United States of America - Donald John Trump, Sr. has become the President-Elect. Defying all expectations, polls and projections - Donald Trump has managed to win his White House bid, becoming the 45th U.S. President and defeating Democratic Presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.
As the long drawn and often controversial U.S. Presidential Election 2016 came to a close, the results have mirrored the element of shock that has been the consistent mood throughout the last two years of campaigning.
Americans who headed to the polls on November 8 made a decision in complete unanimity - Donald Trump for President.
Often marred with eye-popping controversies, Trump went into polls on Tuesday as the underdog, with little hope in key states - however, hours after polling closed, he was seen to be on a path, from where all roads led to the White House.
Speaking at his victory rally in New York, Trump said, “I just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us on our victory. 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. It is time for us to come together as one united people.”
Trump’s victory has been attributed to his triumph in key swing states, including those that had heavily favoured Clinton all through the last few months of polling.
Trump won key battleground states that often are enough to lead a candidate to an eventual victory, including Florida, Ohio and North Carolina.
But it was his victory in Wisconsin that put him ahead in the race - making him reach the golden number of 270 out of the total 538 electoral college votes that were needed to win the White House.
Clinton meanwhile suffered major defeats in key states including Pennsylvania, Iowa - that haven’t voted in a Republican since 2004.
New Hampshire and Michigan remained too close to call.
Democrats failed to cease control of the Senate from the Republicans, who retained their majority in both chambers of the Congress.