Donald Trump kept his first promise — that he would win the presidency.
The votes weren’t done being tallied when The Associated Press called the race at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Hillary Clinton called her opponent about 20 minutes later to concede.
Trump thanked his supporters, praised Clinton for a hard fought campaign and told his family he loved them. Trump’s message to the nation in his victory speech was that he would build the economy and protect the United States.
“It is time for us to come together as one united people,” he said.
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He will be inaugurated as president on Jan. 20.
The result was an upset to some, but Trump and his campaign were insistent that they had a path to victory. The Republican and his team held firm that he would win the election.
Clinton was projected to win by most national polls taken in November. National pundits, however, described the race as a toss-up in late October with states like Florida, North Carolina, Nevada and New Hampshire slipping away from Clinton and others like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin going from solid blue to toss-up states.
Pollsters vastly underrated support for Trump going back to the primaries and throughout the presidential campaign. That became clear as Election Day results were compiled, and Trump rattled off wins in swing states Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.
He kept a strong lead into Wednesday morning and eventually delivered the knockout blow by winning Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, two states that the Clinton campaign counted on as sure victories.
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