Donald J. Trump defied all odds on Tuesday, defeating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
His victory reveals the depth of voter dissatisfaction with Washington, D.C. and signals significant changes ahead for American policy.
Victories in key battleground states – and surprise wins in the states of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – helped bring the Republican nominee over the top.
While Trump built a strong lead early on with victories in North Carolina, Florida, Ohio and Iowa, he was also able to penetrate the infamous blue-state firewall in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
Clinton won the battleground states of Virginia and Nevada and Colorado, but could not make up for Trump’s strong performance in other states thought to favor the Democrat.
According to most polls and pundits, Clinton was thought to have the clear advantage going into Tuesday night. But Trump’s victory demonstrates how his strong groundswell of support was missed by pollsters and the media.
Speaking to cheering supporters early Wednesday morning at his victory party in New York City, the Republican candidate and now president-elect said Clinton called to congratulate him, and Fox News confirms she has conceded. Despite their hard-fought campaign, Trump praised Clinton for her service and said “it is time for us to come together as one united people.”
“I will be president for all Americans,” Trump vowed, after a brief introduction by running mate Mike Pence.
Sounding a call to “reclaim our country’s destiny,” Trump declared: “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. … America will no longer settle for anything less than the best.”
Trump will be the oldest president in U.S. history, entering the Oval Office at age 70. With her defeat, Clinton falls short in her second bid to become the first female president of the United States.
Amid Trump’s victory, Republicans also were projected to hold onto their majority in the House and Senate, improving Trump’s chances of advancing his agenda in office.