Republican candidate Donald Trump registered a stunning victory against his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton in a most bitterly fought US Presidential elections. The results came as a shock to the Clinton Campaign as she was riding on a popular wave and widely tipped to beat Trump who was facing charges of sexual assault and sexism in the run up to the polls. The 70-year-old billionaire businessman, who took to politics only 18 months ago, won with a comfortable margin securing 289 electoral college votes against Clinton’s 218. To win the presidential election, a candidate needs 270 of the 538 electoral college votes.
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The Republican candidate’s victory after a polarising and often ugly campaign immediately raised concerns in the Muslim world because of his strong stance against “radical Islamic terrorism” and calls to stop immigration of Muslims.
In the other parts of the world also there were concerns over his strident stand against influx of professionals and
job-seekers which he asserted had robbed Americans of their jobs.
It was a heart-break for Democratic nominee Clinton, who was hoping to become the first woman president of the US, as Trump edged past her in a see-saw battle. Clinton, who did not make a traditional concession speech, called Trump and congratulated him.
Trump reciprocated in his victory speech, saying she fought very hard and the country owes her a major debt of gratitude for her service to it. Seeking to “bind the wounds of division” after a bitter and divisive campaign, Trump pledged to be the President for all Americans and asked Republicans, Democrats and independents across the country to come together as one united people.
The 70-year-old business tycoon’s strong showing in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Texas and North Carolina
helped him pull-off a win which proved most pollsters wrong.
Trump, addressing his supporters at his campaign headquarters, said, “It is time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president of all Americans.”
“Ours was not a campaign, but a movement. It is a movement comprising from all races, background and believes. Working together, we would begin the urgent task of rebuilding the country. The country has a tremendous potential,” he said.
“We are going to fix inner cities, we are going to build our infrastructure. We would put millions of people to work as we rebuild it,” he told his supporters amid loud cheers. CNN projected that Trump had won 29 states while Clinton
emerged victorious in 18. (With PTI inputs)