Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president Tuesday, an astonishing victory for a celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters’ economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House. His triumph over Hillary Clinton will end eight years of Democratic dominance of the White House and threatens to undo major achievements of President Barack Obama. He’s pledged to act quickly to repeal Obama’s landmark health care law, revoke the nuclear agreement with Iran and rewrite important trade deals with other countries, particularly Mexico and Canada.
The Republican blasted through Democrats’ longstanding firewall, carrying Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states that hadn’t voted for a GOP presidential candidate since the 1980s. He needed to win nearly all of the competitive battleground states, and he did just that, claiming Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and others. Global stock markets and U.S. stock futures plunged deeply, reflecting investor alarm over what a Trump presidency might mean for the economy and trade.
Republican house leader and White House speaker Paul Ryan, who hasn’t been Trump’s advocate in the days leading up to the election day, addressed the media on Wednesday to say that the party was looking forward to see the President-elect lead a “unified Republican government.”
(With inputs from AP and Reuters)
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Even if we lose, we still move forward: Obama
You have to stay encouraged. Don’t get cynical. Don’t ever think you cannot make a difference: Obama
We’re not Democrats first, we’re not Republicans first, we’re Americans first: Obama
I could not be prouder of Hillary Clinton, a lot of Americans look up to her: Barack Obama
The President-elect and I have differences. But my team will work as hard as possible towards a peaceful transition of power: Barack Obama
President Barack Obama to comment on the election results shortly.
“Let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary. Let us not lose heart. For there are more seasons to come and…more work to do.”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 9, 2016
We are stronger together and will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that: Hillary Clinton
"We have still have not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling. But some day, someone will." —Hillary
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 9, 2016
To Barack and Michelle Obama, our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude. We thank you for your graceful, determined leadership: Hillary Clinton
Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time: Hillary
We owe Trump an open mind and a chance to lead: Hillary Clinton
Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that will be a successful president for all Americans: Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton will continue to battle the values that makes this country great again: Senator Tim Kaine, as he invites Clinton to stage.
Tim Kaine takes stage before Clinton, says Hillary would’ve made history as president.
House Republican leader Ryan says he will stay on as speaker
We won more seats than anyone expected, it’s thank to Donald Trump: Paul Ryan
Donald Trump will lead a united GOP: Speaker Paul Ryan
US President Barack Obama to deliver remarks at 10.45 PM (IST).
Hillary Clinton to give concession speech soon.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi congratulate Donald Trump.
Hillary Clinton to address supporters at 8.00 pm (IST) on Wednesday.
Trump’s presidential victory set off protests by hundreds of people on California college campuses and in Oregon. Police says at least 500 people swarmed on streets in and around UCLA early Wednesday morning, some shouting anti-Trump expletives.
Donald Trump changes Twitter bio to “President-elect of the United States”.
Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2016
White House says Obama has congratulated Trump, invited him to meet at White House on Thursday.
On Facebook, 115.3 million people generated 716.3 million likes, posts, comments and shares related to the election. There were 643 million views of election-related videos. The top election related post on the social network was this post by Donald Trump before voting began.
Vladimir Putin congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the US presidential election
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I look forward to being your president: Trump
We will deal fairly with everyone. We will seek common ground and look for partnerships: Trump
I want to thank my parents who are looking down upon me right now. I want to thank my sisters. I have a fantastic family. I am very lucky: Trump
This was tough. This political stuff is nasty: Trump
We have a great economic plan, we will double our growth: Trump
We must reclaim our country’s destiny and dream bold and big: Trump
We are going to rebuild our highways, schools, hospitals, infrastructure. We will become second to none. We will put millions of people to work. We will take care of our great veterans: Trump
Ours was not a campaign, but an incredible movement made up by millions of hard working people: Trump
It’s time for us to come together: Trump
Sorry to keep you waiting, its a complicated business: Trump
Just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us on our victory: Trump
She fought a hard campaign: Trump
Trump will be speaking now.
Donald Trump and his family are making their way to the podium.
VP-elect Mike Pence is speaking right now.
American people have elected a new champion: Pence
CNN has just reported that Hillary Clinton called Trump to concede the election. Remember, she did not speak today.
BREAKING: Associated Press calls White House for Donald Trump
ALERT: More cheer for the Trump campaign. Wisconsin goes to Trump.
Donald Trump arrives at his election headquarters.
Hillary Clinton will not be speaking tonight. Her campaign chief John Podesta came on stage and thanked the voters as well as her campaign staff for working so hard.
‘You are in our hearts,’ he said as cheers went up among the audience.
Meanwhile, we are still standing by for Trump’s acceptance speech.
BIG ALERT: And that’s it. There’s no stopping Donald Trump as he is all set to enter the White House with win in Pennsylvania (20 votes).
So, can Trump win the presidency?
Quite evidently. If he can notch Pennsylvania and Michigan, which together account for 36 electoral votes, Trump will be the next US president.
ALERT: CNN finally calls Utah for Trump. Now this is a strong red state which has never went the way of the democrats. But there were murmurs during the campaign that even the most conservative of Republicans in Utah were not in favour of Trump. But he has certainly smashed those predictions aside.
So basically, the GOP will now control the Senate, the House of Representatives and most possibly the Presidency. Will they still shy away from backing Trump who has given the party such an impressive result?
Is this Trump’s secret?
How to think about this election: white working class voters just decided to vote like a minority group. They're >40% of the electorate.
— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) November 9, 2016
Republicans control 223 seats in House of Representatives. They have also won 48 Senate seats compared to 46 for the Democrats.
Another gem, meanwhile, from Ramesh Srivats
Now that a real estate tycoon is winning the US elections, Congress must be seriously looking at Robert Vadra.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) November 9, 2016
ALERT: Clinton clinches Nevada, a state with 6 electoral votes.
Trump: 238 votes
Clinton: 215 votes
This quote perhaps defines the 2016 US election. Never has an election been more divisive, competitive and difficult to predict than this.
“I had such a hard time, harder than I’ve ever had,” Joyce Dayhill, 59, a school bus driver who “reluctantly” voted for Trump told AP. “I just prayed on it as hard as I could and felt this was the right decision.”
There are reports that Canada’s immigration site is crashing. Looks like a lot of Americans are not looking forward to a Trump presidency.
Michigan is another state where a close race between Clinton and Trump is going on. It has 16 electoral votes.
All eyes are now on Pennsylvania, the state with valuable 20 electoral votes. A state where Clinton had a healthy 8 point lead, it is now a virtual tie. Both candidates have 48.2% vote-share in the state. The state had gone with Obama in 2012. If Clinton loses it, her hopes of winning the presidency will become nil.
As the results from the West Coast will start to filter in, we will take a more closer look at some of the results that have come in so far.
Although Florida, a close contest between the two, was expected to go the Clinton way, it hasn’t. CNN projections show Trump had almost 2 point lead over Clinton sweeping most of the northern and central counties in the state. It is also important to remember that Marco Rubio, earlier a presidential candidate of the GOP, was re-elected to the senate from the state. The Florida house is also dominated by the Republicans.
In North Carolina, Trump had an even bigger margin according to CNN. Remember, Clinton had addressed her final rally in Raleigh in the hope of carrying the state. But that hasn’t happened. The Republican candidate for Senate from the state has also won.
And in Ohio, Trump has probably the broadest margin among the swing states. Except for counties like Toledo and Cleveland, Clinton has lost almost everywhere. According to CNN, Clinton was trailing by 9 points at 10:45 am IST.
ALERT: Georgia, a conservative and red state, goes for Donald Trump. No surprises there!
ALERT: And there goes another swing state, IOWA, in Donald Trump’s favour. Although it has only six votes, it is considered to be a bellwether state.
ALERT: Hillary Clinton wins Oregon with 7 electoral votes.
BIG ALERT: Trump takes North Carolina, a key swing state. It has 15 electoral votes. CNN projections say he had a 5% lead over Clinton.
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This is such a see-saw election. Right now, Trump has 201 votes and Clinton has 190 votes.
ALERT: California, as expected, goes to Clinton. It’s big bag of 55 seats was very important for her.
ANOTHER BIG, BIG ALERT: Donald Trump has cruised to a win in Florida, Associated Press projects. Remember, Florida with 29 electoral votes will be a big boost for the Trump campaign.
ALERT: Colorado goes to Clinton
The Democratic nominee captured its nine electoral votes Tuesday. She now has 131 total electoral votes while her Republican opponent Donald Trump has 168. Colorado has become an attainable state for Democrats in recent years thanks to shifting demographics. Clinton tried to woo a surge in Latino voters and the state’s college-educated whites while Trump repeatedly made pitches to Colorado’s large military population and swaths of rural voters. (From AP)
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TRUMP: 167 votes
CLINTON: 122 votes
ALERT: Virginia, a Democratic stronghold, goes quite unsurprisingly to Clinton. She is inching closer to Trump’s tally now.
BIG, BIG ALERT: In the first result for a swing state, CNN is projecting that Trump will win OHIO!
ALERT: New Mexico, a Democratic stronghold, goes to Clinton. The state has 5 electoral votes and Clinton had a healthy 11-point lead. Her Hispanic support base has worked in the state.
The New York Times says Trump’s strong showing in the swing states are attributed to his support base among white, rural and working-class voters. The fact that the Florida election is a cliffhanger shows Clinton’s last push to gain mileage really hasn’t worked.
South Florida, which is a Clinton stronghold, might help her eke out a win but it is clear that her Hispanic support base has not been able to cancel out Trump’s loyal voters.
ALERT: CNN projects Trump will take Montana’s 3 votes.
Trump currently has 137 votes compared to Clinton’s 104. Just to give our readers an update, the Republican candidate is taking the states of Texas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, North & South Dakotas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Indiana and South Carolina.
If Trump manages to win the big battleground states, I am certainly losing a pizza bet.
Trump is leading in all the key swing states right now. This is very, very bad news for Clinton.
A Facebook Live from our newsroom explaining the results as they break.
ALERT: Hillary Clinton wins Connecticut and its 7 electoral votes. She had a healthy 10-point lead over Trump in the state.
From Associated Press:
Donald Trump has won Louisiana and its eight electoral votes. That extends his Electoral College total in Tuesday’s elections to 137, compared with Hillary Clinton’s 104. History was on Donald Trump’s side in the state. Louisiana hasn’t given its electoral votes to a Democrat since Bill Clinton won 52 percent of the vote two decades ago.
ALERT: New York Times calls Louisiana for Donald Trump
Giving our readers an update on how the candidates are currently faring in some of the swing states. The projections are from CNN.
Florida: Trump 49.2%, Clinton 47.7%
New Hampshire: Trump 47.9%, Clinton 46.9%
Pennsylvania: Clinton 55.9%, Trump 40.7%
Ohio: Trump 52.2%, Clinton 43.6%
Remember, these are the states to look out for. How they vote is going to determine the next presidency of the US.
Trump: 15 states
Clinton: 9 states
We haven’t still heard from the key battleground states.
Texas, with its large share of 38 electoral votes, will go to the Trump kitty. This will significantly extend his lead over Clinton, who has also managed to win over New York. Arkansas, with 9 electoral votes, has also voted for the GOP. What’s working for Trump is that he has a two-point lead in Florida.
ALERT: Big wins for Trump in Texas, Arkansas. While Texas was always expected to go the Republican way, Arkansas is the home state of former president Bill Clinton.
ALERT: Solid blue state of New York is going for Hillary Clinton, CNN projects.
The addition of the five states to Trump’s tally is not enough. According to the CNN projections, Trump is still trailing 84 to Clinton’s 97.
ALERT: CNN is now projecting more states for Trump, all of them solid red states. North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas are all going for Trump. This will not be surprising for the Democrats as these states were expected to vote for the Republican Party.
In boost for the GOP in Indiana, Republican Todd Young will win the seat.
Reuters is now reporting, via NBC, that the Republicans will retain control of the House of Representatives.
Clinton takes 7 states, Trump is winning 8 states.
In good news for Marco Rubio, he will be keeping his Senate seat in Florida. Remember, Rubio was a Republican presidential candidate but he could not win enough states in the primaries. He was swept aside by Trump who was able to garner the necessary numbers.
Trump wins in Alabama and South Carolina, CNN projects
From Associated Press:
Donald Trump has won South Carolina.
The Republican nominee was awarded the state’s nine electoral votes, giving him 40 for the night. The result was expected as the state has long been a Republican stronghold.
In Florida, it’s a neck and neck fight between Clinton and Trump. It’s a virtual see-saw. CNN is projecting that the Democrat candidate is back in the lead.
CNN is projecting that Clinton will register victories in Illinois, New Jersey, District of Columbia, Rhode Island and Maryland.
Trump is projected to win in Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky and Mississippi.
BIG jump for Clinton who was trailing Trump till a few minutes ago. As soon as the solid blue states projected results, Clinton’s lead shot up to 68 votes. Trump currently has 48 votes.
More states are now rooting for Clinton: Maryland, Rhode Island. At the same time, deep red states like Oklahoma and Mississippi are unsurprisingly going the Trump way.
According to an NBC correspondent, Trump is sitting with a Diet Coke in his hand and watching as the results come on. He, along with Pence, are expected to make his way to Trump Tower later in the evening.
CNN is making new projections
Virginia: Trump ahead
Ohio: Trump ahead
North Carolina: Trump ahead
The voters of Florida are really keeping pollsters on tenterhooks. Trump is back in lead in the key battleground state.
In New Hampshire, however Clinton is ahead.
States voting for Trump: Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia
States voting for Clinton: Vermont
While Trump was earlier in the lead in Florida, tables have turned quite dramatically. Clinton is now ahead by almost 50,000 votes which is quite a big lead. Remember, Florida is one of the key swing states with 29 electoral votes.
RACE ALERT: CNN projects Trump will win in West Virginia.
According to an NBC exit poll result, 45 percent of voters felt Obamacare, the flagship health insurance program of President Obama, ‘went too far.’ That’s not good numbers for the Democrats.
By the way, this is the state of the electoral vote tally so far, according to CNN. Trump is leading as some of the solid GOP states have declared their results.
CNN says polls will close very soon in Ohio and North Carolina, so we can expect projections from there.
We still do not have any projections from the US media on the key battleground states of Ohio, North Carolina and Florida, all of which are central for both the candidates.
BIG UPDATE: CNN is making its first projections for the night. Traditional GOP states like Kentucky and Indiana will go to Trump, as was expected. Clinton at the same time is expected to win Vermont, a solid blue state. Remember, Vermont is also the home state of Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s tough opponent in the primaries.
Donald Trump leading very early in Indiana over Hillary Clinton.
As of now, Trump is more than 4000 votes ahead of Clinton in Kentucky.
Earlier in the day, both Clinton and Trump made their last minute forceful argument before the Americans with their own vision for the world’s largest economy, ending the ugliest presidential campaign in US history. Clinton was joined by husband Bill as she addressed a massive rally in Raleigh. Trump made a last minute scheduled stop in Michigan to address thousands of his supporters hoping that he might be able to swing this state from the Democrats.
Authorities have beefed up Election Day security for Donald Trump by parking dump trucks filled with sand outside his Trump Tower building on Fifth Avenue. Police said Tuesday that similar precautionary measures were being taken at other sites around midtown Manhattan where Trump and Hillary Clinton plan to spend election night.
Authorities say the heavy trucks could block an attempted car bombing. They say there are no confirmed terror threats.