GOP nominee Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)

President-elect Donald Trump (Photo: Twitter)

Republican billionaire businessman Donald Trump has been officially elected the next U.S. president.

Trump and Hillary Clinton fought a fierce election battle in the final hours of the 2016 race for the White House.

Trump won Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Clinton won California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

The following states still hadn’t been called by midday Wednesday: Arizona (Trump leading 50-45 percent), Michigan (Trump leading 48-47 percent) and New Hampshire (Hillary leading 48-47 percent).

Trump ultimately surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. By midday Wednesday, he had 279 electoral votes to Clinton’s 228.

However, Clinton was leading in the national popular vote by just more than 200,000 votes.

“This is a modern-day political miracle that you’re witnessing before your eyes,” declared Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “America is saying, ‘Enough is enough with failed policies.'”

After some initial reluctance, Clinton called Trump and conceded the race.

Trump took the stage at his New York headquarters and declared: “I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. 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. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time. And we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.”

Trump said it’s time for all Americans “to come together as one united people.”

President-elect Donald Trump giving his victory speech (Twitter)

President-elect Donald Trump giving his victory speech

“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president of all Americans, and this is so important to me,” he said. “For those who have chosen not to support me in the past … I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can unify our great country. … Ours was not a campaign but an incredible and great movement.

“It’s a movement comprised of Americans of all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs who want our government to serve the people. And serve the people, it will. Working together, we will begin the task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. … Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential.”

Watch Trump’s Election Day victory speech:

Trump promised to put millions of Americans back to work and give better care to the nation’s veterans.

“We will embark upon a project of national growth and renewal,” he added. “We have a great economic plan. We will double our growth and have the strongest economy in the world. … No dream is too big. No challenge is too great. … America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. … I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone.”

Trump’s vice president-elect, Mike Pence, told the crowd: “This is a historic night. The American people have spoken, and the American people have elected their new champion. America has elected a new president, and it’s almost hard for me to express the honor that me and my family feel that we will have the privilege to serve as the vice president of the United States. I come to this moment deeply humbled, grateful to God for his amazing grace. … I’m grateful to our president-elect whose leadership and vision will make America great again.”

Supporters at Hillary Clinton headquarters could not hide their dismay as election results showed Trump winning. (Twitter)

Supporters at Hillary Clinton headquarters could not hide their dismay as election results showed Trump winning. (Twitter)

About a half-hour after Podesta’s announcement, news networks began calling the race for Trump. Then the president-elect took the stage to make his victory speech.

Fox News’ Bret Baier called Trump’s victory “the biggest political upset in history, ever.”

Exit polls show American voters of every political stripe say the most important quality they want in a president is a “strong leader” (36 percent), according to a Morning Consult/Politico survey conducted Oct. 18-Nov. 8 among 6,782 early/Election Day voters. An additional 29 percent said the president must have a vision for the future. Sixteen percent said the candidate should share their values and care about people like them.

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According to Fox News exit polls, Trump beats Clinton 48-46 percent on the issue of the economy. Asked who would make a better commander in chief, 49 percent chose Clinton, and 46 percent said Trump. Of first-time voters, 55 percent chose Clinton while 37 percent voted for Trump.

A Reuters/Ipsos national Election Day poll of 10,604 voters who cast their ballots in the presidential election in all 50 states showed:

  • 76 percent of respondents believe “the mainstream media is more interested in making money than telling the truth.”
  • 75 percent agreed that “America needs a strong leader to take the country back from the rich and powerful.”
  • 72 percent agreed that “the American economy is rigged to advantage the rich and powerful.”
  • 68 percent agreed that “traditional parties and politicians don’t care about people like me.”
  • 57 percent agreed that “more and more, I don’t identify with what America has become.”
  • 54 percent agreed that “it is increasingly hard for someone like me to get ahead in America.”

 


Indiana

Called for Donald Trump

(11 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 57 percent

Hillary Clinton: 38 percent


Georgia

Called for Donald Trump

(16 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 51 percent

Hillary Clinton: 46 percent


South Carolina

Called for Donald Trump

(9 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 56 percent

Hillary Clinton: 40 percent


Vermont

Called for Hillary Clinton

(3 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 33 percent

Hillary Clinton: 61 percent


Virginia

Called for Hillary Clinton

(13 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 45 percent

Hillary Clinton: 50 percent


Kentucky

Called for Donald Trump

(8 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 63 percent

Hillary Clinton: 33 percent


West Virginia

Called for Donald Trump

(5 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 69 percent

Hillary Clinton: 26 percent


Ohio

Called for Donald Trump

(18 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 52 percent

Hillary Clinton: 44 percent


North Carolina

Called for Donald Trump

(15 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 51 percent

Hillary Clinton: 47 percent


Connecticut

Called for Hillary Clinton

(7 delegates)

With 96 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 42 percent

Hillary Clinton: 54 percent


Delaware

Called for Hillary Clinton

(3 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 42 percent

Hillary Clinton: 53 percent


District of Columbia

Called for Hillary Clinton

(3 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 4 percent

Hillary Clinton: 93 percent


Maine

Called for Hillary Clinton

(4 delegates)

With 96 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 45 percent

Hillary Clinton: 48 percent


Maryland

Called for Hillary Clinton

(10 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 35 percent

Hillary Clinton: 61 percent


Massachusetts

Called for Hillary Clinton

(11 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 34 percent

Hillary Clinton: 61 percent


Michigan

(16 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 48 percent

Hillary Clinton: 47 percent


New Hampshire

(4 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 47 percent

Hillary Clinton: 48 percent


New Jersey

Called for Hillary Clinton

(14 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 42 percent

Hillary Clinton: 55 percent


Pennsylvania

Called for Donald Trump

(20 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 49 percent

Hillary Clinton: 48 percent


Rhode Island

Called for Hillary Clinton

(4 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 40 percent

Hillary Clinton: 55 percent


Alabama

Called for Donald Trump

(9 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 63 percent

Hillary Clinton: 35 percent


Florida

Called for Donald Trump

(29 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 49 percent

Hillary Clinton: 48 percent


Illinois

Called for Hillary Clinton

(20 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 39 percent

Hillary Clinton: 55 percent


Mississippi

Called for Donald Trump

(6 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 58 percent

Hillary Clinton: 40 percent


Missouri

Called for Donald Trump

(10 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 57 percent

Hillary Clinton: 38 percent


Oklahoma

Called for Donald Trump

(7 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 65 percent

Hillary Clinton: 29 percent


Tennessee

Called for Donald Trump

(11 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 61 percent

Hillary Clinton: 35 percent


Texas

Called for Donald Trump

(38 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 53 percent

Hillary Clinton: 43 percent


South Dakota

Called for Donald Trump

(3 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 62 percent

Hillary Clinton: 32 percent


Arkansas

Called for Donald Trump

(6 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 60 percent

Hillary Clinton: 34 percent


New York

Called for Hillary Clinton

(29 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 37 percent

Hillary Clinton: 59 percent


Louisiana

Called for Donald Trump

(8 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 58 percent

Hillary Clinton: 38 percent


Minnesota

Called for Hillary Clinton

(10 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 45 percent

Hillary Clinton: 47 percent


Wisconsin

Called for Donald Trump

(10 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 48 percent

Hillary Clinton: 47 percent


Arizona

(11 delegates)

With 98 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 50 percent

Hillary Clinton: 45 percent


Colorado

Called for Hillary Clinton

(9 delegates)

With 91 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 45 percent

Hillary Clinton: 47 percent


Kansas

Called for Donald Trump

(6 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 57 percent

Hillary Clinton: 36 percent


Nebraska

Called for Donald Trump

(4 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 60 percent

Hillary Clinton: 34 percent


New Mexico

Called for Hillary Clinton

(5 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 40 percent

Hillary Clinton: 48 percent


Wyoming

Called for Donald Trump

(3 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 70 percent

Hillary Clinton: 22 percent


Iowa

Called for Donald Trump

(6 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 52 percent

Hillary Clinton: 42 percent


Montana

Called for Donald Trump

(3 delegates)

With 98 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 57 percent

Hillary Clinton: 35 percent


Utah

Called for Donald Trump

(6 delegates)

With 73 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 46 percent

Hillary Clinton: 28 percent


Nevada

Called for Hillary Clinton

(6 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 46 percent

Hillary Clinton: 48 percent


Idaho

Called for Donald Trump

(4 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 59 percent

Hillary Clinton: 28 percent


North Dakota

Called for Donald Trump

(3 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 64 percent

Hillary Clinton: 28 percent


California

Called for Hillary Clinton

(55 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 33 percent

Hillary Clinton: 61 percent


Oregon

Called for Hillary Clinton

(7 delegates)

With 99 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 41 percent

Hillary Clinton: 52 percent


Washington

Called for Hillary Clinton

(12 delegates)

With 65 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 38 percent

Hillary Clinton: 56 percent


Hawaii

Called for Hillary Clinton

(4 delegates)

With 100 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 30 percent

Hillary Clinton: 62 percent


Alaska

Called for Donald Trump

(3 delegates)

With 98 percent reporting

Donald Trump: 53 percent

Hillary Clinton: 38 percent


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