US Presidential Elections 2016: Donald Trump wins over Clinton

Time: 5:01 a.m. CEST

“It is time to come together as a united people,” Donald Trump said in an address, in which he pledges to be president for “all Americans.”

Donald John Trump has been projected as the winner of the presidential election, according to the Associated Press, after election returns showed that Trump had won stunning come-from-behind victories across a swath of contested states.

Trump, 70, will be the 45th president of the United States. A real-estate developer and former reality-TV star, Trump is the first person to win the presidency without having previously held public office or served in the U.S. military.

Mike Pence, 57, will be vice president. Pence was a longtime member of the House of Representatives and is now the Republican governor of Indiana.

Donald Trump held a strong advantage in the presidential race after midnight on Wednesday, as the Republican neared a historic upset with victories across a string of states where Democrat Hillary Clinton had been expected to win, the Washington Post reports.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman says it has nothing more to say even as votes turn against her. John Podesta said a crowd in New York early Wednesday that with states still uncalled “we’re not going to have anything else to say tonight.” Clinton trails in the Electoral College count and Donald Trump is close to breaking the 270-vote threshold to become president. Podesta told the crowd Clinton “has done an amazing job” and “is not done yet.”

The emotions are contrasting at the both campaigns. The mood is dark at Hillary Clinton’s election night party.  Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway is describing the mood inside Trump Tower as “buoyant.” She tells The Associated Press that the team is hopeful as results continue to roll in.

Trump had been projected as the winner in Ohio, Florida, Iowa and North Carolina, leaving Clinton in the bad position where Trump seemed to have started the day. She needed to win a string of close states, where polls remained too close to call, to vault back into the race for 270 electoral votes. At 1 a.m. Eastern time, voting ended in all 50 states. The states still un-called, whose fate would decide the election, were New Hampshire, Minnesota, Arizona, Alaska, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Donald Trump has won Pennsylvania and its prize of 20 electoral votes.Trump’s stunning victory in the key battleground state gives him 264 electoral votes. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, has 215. Pennsylvania last voted for a Republican for president in 1988. Trump repeatedly campaigned there, believing his populist message would resonate with the state’s working-class voters.

Clinton long viewed the state as a key part of her “firewall” and rallied in Philadelphia with President Barack Obama on Monday night. The Democrats also held their nominating convention in the city.

Polls are now closed for every state, except Alaska in the 2016 presidential race in the United States. Donald Trump has won the battleground state of Iowa. He was awarded the state’s six Electoral College votes early Wednesday. Trump now has 244 electoral votes. His Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton has 209.

Hillary Clinton has won Oregon. The Democratic nominee on Tuesday was awarded its seven electoral votes. Hillary Clinton has won California and Hawaii. Donald Trump has won Idaho’s four electoral votes. The results in the West bring Clinton’s electoral vote total to 190 and Trump’s to 201. It takes 270 votes to win the presidency. The results were not surprising. California, with 55 electoral votes, has voted for Democrats beginning in 1992. Hawaii has chosen Democrats consistently since 1988. Idaho has voted for Republicans beginning in 1968.Donald Trump has won the key battleground state of Florida, the Associated Press reports. Trump on Tuesday gained 29 electoral votes. He now has 197 electoral votes. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has 131. Donald Trump has won Ohio, a state that voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump has a razor-thin leads in several crucial battleground states, the New York Times reports. That could include Florida and North Carolina, which could give the Republican nominee a path to victory. With polarized nature of the American electorate, the vote margins that separate both candidates are thin, says Times.

From the 270 electoral votes needed to win the battle for the White House, shortly before the closing of the voting places, Trump has 150, while Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has 109 electoral votes, as the Times’ algorithm shows. The Associated Press reported that Donald Trump has won the electoral prize of Ohio, a state known for picking presidents. The AP says, the Republican wins the state’s 18 electoral votes in Tuesday’s election, bringing his total to 168. Hillary Clinton has 109.

Reaction to the prospect of a Trump presidency rippled across the globe, with financial markets abroad falling as American television networks raised the prospect that Mrs. Clinton might lose. Asian markets were trading sharply lower, down around two percentage points, and in the United States, Dow Jones futures were down as much as 800 points in after-hours trading, the New York Times reports.


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