Washington. Republican Donald Trump has defeated his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the US election. Trump will become the 45th President of the United States.
Trump as a potential victor wasn’t exactly predicted, as poll after poll had Clinton in the lead, even in the waning days of the election.
Trump’s wins in battleground states Florida, North Carolina and Ohio helped to catapult him closer to victory.
Michigan and Wisconsin were part of Clinton’s path to victory. Those states all were too close to call, with Trump leading by extremely slim margins.
Clinton – the 69-year-old Democratic former first lady, senator and secretary of state – began the day as the narrow favorite to win the White House and become America’s first female president.
But Trump’s string of successes reflected how deeply divided the American electorate has become, and showcased his ability to tap into white blue-collar voters’ resentment of cultural change linked to immigration and the loss of manufacturing jobs at home.
After a tumultuous campaign, Trump drew closer to defeating Hillary Clinton in the presidential election – as a divided nation appeared to opt for change over President Barack Obama’s Democratic legacy.
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said the Democrat had no intentions of conceding, telling supporters to go home for the night.
As the results came trickling in, markets in Asia plunged, as investors reacted to the potential for a Trump presidency and what that might mean for trade and the economy.