Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States of America in a historic and stunning victory.
Trump defeated Democratic rival, Hilary Clinton with 289 electoral votes, well over the 270 to become the President Elect of the United States.
The Republican nominee who was widely criticized from both sides of the aisle got surprise victories Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, and later winning Wisconsin and Michigan, two states Hillary Clinton lost to Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary.
Mrs. Clinton’s loss was especially crushing to millions who had cheered her march toward history as, they hoped, the nation’s first female president.
Shortly afterwards, Clinton called Trump to concede, before the Republican addressed his supporters around 3 a.m. at a rally in New York City.
“Sorry to keep you waiting, complicated business, complicated business,” began Trump to raucous chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A” from his excited supporters.
“I have just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us – it’s about us and our victory – and I congratulated her on a very hard fought campaign.
“Now it is time for Americans to bind the wounds of division,” he added. “It is time for us to become together as one united people … I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans.”
Meanwhile, Republicans also secured majorities in the House of Representatives (235 to 183), the Senate (51 to 47) and will probably get to reappoint a fifth Republican nominee to the Supreme Court.