Republican candidate Donald Trump pulled off an incredible victory against his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton in the bitterly fought US Presidential elections on Tuesday. Taking everyone by surprise and proving all major poll predictions wrong, Trump won the crucial states of Florida which has 29 votes in the electoral college, Ohio and North Carolina. With this win, the Republican Party wrests back the White House from Democrats after a gap of eight years.
Minutes after the verdict was announced, Donald Trump congratulated Clinton for ‘fighting a tough battle.’ He said she called her to congratulate him on this win. “This is a great victory and I am the President of the all Americans,” he said to a thunderous applaud from the crowd.
The results came as shock for the Clinton Campaign which was hoping to ride over a seemingly mass support in her favour. In the run up to the elections and the campaign trail, Hillary had maintained a lead over Trump, but the results showed that there was an undercurrent of support in favour of Trump which the media failed to read. The allegations of sexual assault on women had marred the Trump campaign with major figures in the party deciding not to endorse him for the White House. He had faced charges of racism and sexism and many were critical of his protectionism approach for the US economy. Shrugging off all these allegations, Trump managed to win in this historical elections, and thereby putting to rest all the excitement over the possibility of US getting its first woman president.
Hillary Clinton had led a confidant campaign and she scored highly during the all three presidential debates. She had pinned him down on all the key issues. Clinton was hoping to become the first woman to serve as commander in chief. She faced stiff competition from Trump, the billionaire businessman who tapped into a searing strain of economic populism.
Now that the results have been declared, the new US president will inherit an anxious nation, deeply divided on race, culture and economy.