Donald Trump, an outsider businessman who has never served in public office before, has defeated Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, shocking the political and media establishment who all but predicted he would lose the contest.
Left for dead multiple times during the campaign, the Republican won crucial battleground states like North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa, defying the predictions of many polls. Clinton, meanwhile, could not replicate the energy among Democratic voters that President Barack Obama generated in 2008 and 2012.
As of 2:42 a.m. Wednesday, Trump topped Clinton — 276 electoral votes to 218 electoral votes.
The mood at Trump’s election night party was jubilant in the early hours of Wednesday morning, as votes were still being tallied and people wearing red “Make America Great Again” hats roamed the crowd.
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