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Republican Donald Trump elected president of the United States

Clinton calls her Republican rival to concede election after Trump wins 288 of the electoral votes; the Republican President-elect is expected to have an easy time governing as the GOP retained control in both houses of Congress.

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Republican Donald Trump claimed victory in the race for the White House on Wednesday. Trump’s victory came from a series of surprising wins in key states such as Ohio and Florida, which were expected to go for Clinton.

Shortly after networks called Wisconsin for Trump on Tuesday evening, celebrations began at his election night rally at the Hilton Hotel in New York.

Hillary Clinton, former US senator and secretary of state, who had hoped to become the first female president of the U.S. called Trump to concede defeat. Trump won 288 of the electoral votes—18 more than the necessary 270. “I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton, ” the president-elect told his supporters. “She congratulated us — it’s about us — on our victory and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard fought campaign. She fought very hard.”

President-elect Donald Trump, who will follow President Barack Obama in the White House, was accompanied by his family and vice presidential candidate Mike Pence when he took the stage at his celebratory party in the early hours of November 9.

“It is time for us to come together as one united people, ” he said. “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen to not support me in the past … I am reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can unify our great nation.”

The 70-year-old real-estate developer and TV host announced his candidacy in June 2015. He made headlines throughout his campaign for his controversial statements against Mexicans and Muslims. Some women also came forward to claim sexual misconduct by him.

Trump rode a wave of anger toward Washington insiders. He won avid support among a core base of white non-college educated workers with his promise to be the “greatest jobs president that God ever created.” He has vowed to impose a 35 percent tariff on goods exported to the United States by US companies that went abroad. Welcome the new president of the United States of America.

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