Wednesday, 9 November 2016

US election results: Donald Trump defeats Hillary Clinton to win presidential race

Republican Donald Trump has stunned the world by defeating Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, ending eight years of Democratic rule and sending the United States on a new, uncertain path.

Key points:
Donald Trump will become America's 45th president, according to Antony Green
Mr Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in some key swing states
Mrs Clinton will not be speaking publicly tonight
We're expecting to hear from Mr Trump soon
Mr Trump took to the stage to claim victory at his New York headquarters, and said he had taken a call from Mrs Clinton, who will not be speaking publicly this evening.

"She congratulated us and I congratulated her on a very very hard fought campaign. We owe her a major debt of gratitude to for her service to our country," he said.

Mr Trump said his pledge "to every citizen of our land" was to "be President for all Americans".

"Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division," he said.

Mr Trump also spoke of his "great economic plan" and foreign relations.

Troublemaker to president

Donald Trump has had several roles including super-rich property tycoon, self-styled saviour of the downtrodden and now President of the United States.
"We will double our growth and have the strongest economy anywhere in the world. At the same time we will get along with all other nations, willing to get along with us," he said.

Mr Trump moved on to thank his family, to loud cheers from the crowd.

"I love you and I thank you… this political stuff is nasty and it's tough," he said.

Mr Trump finalised the speech by vowing to do a "great job" as president.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta earlier told a room full of her supporters in New York that she would not be speaking tonight.

"You should get some sleep. We'll have more to say tomorrow," he said.

The shock result came after opinion polls over the weekend showed Mrs Clinton went into polling day with the advantage over her Republican rival.

Both candidates had early victories but Mr Trump picked up the key battleground states of Ohio, Florida and North Carolina.

The GOP are also predicted to hold onto a majority in the House and gain control of the Senate.


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