US election 2016: Donald Trump next US President

United StatesUpdated: Nov 09, 2016, 08:53 AM IST
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'I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for every American. And that is very important to me,' Trump said after winning. Photograph:(Getty)

Donald Trump has become the 45th President of the United States of America, pulling off a stunning victory against his rival Hillary Clinton who a day before the election was said to have a 70 per cent chance of winning.

Trump made his victory speech at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan, New York. 

"I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for every American. And that is very important to me," Donald Trump told a jubilant crowd. 

"For those that have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I'm reaching out to you for your guidance and you help so we can work together and unify our great country."

He was gracious to his rival, saying, "Hillary has worked very hard and very hard over a very long period of time and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to this country." 

"Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division."

Local media reports said Hillary Clinton had called Trump to concede the presidency but that she would not be making a concession speech Wednesday

A stunning victory

Trump won Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire -- states that were considered to be swing states -- while his rival Hillary Clinton faltered in these key states.

Trump won Florida by 130,000 votes, which imply that third-party votes harmed Clinton in her bid to win the crucial state. Third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein won 260,000 votes in the state.

The win in the Sunshine state provided a major impetus for Trump during his stunning success.

The final blow to Clinton came when Trump won Pennsylvania well past midnight in New York.


Trump's early numbers put Clinton on the backfoot.

Clinton won in Virginia and banked on upper Midwestern states to shore up her numbers. She managed to stay in the race with California's 55 electoral seats. 

Clinton also won three out of four electoral votes in Maine.  

Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta thanked Hillary's supporters and asked them to go home. She would not be saying anything tonight. .  

The other states won by Clinton are New Mexico, Illinois, Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Trump has won Missouri, Nebraska, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia. But none of these are battleground states.

South Carolina caused a minor flutter in the Trump camp as early data showed Clinton to be in the lead. However, he later surged ahead to win the state, which has traditionally been a Republican firewall. 

Trump also won Texas, Wyoming, Kansas, North Dakota and South Dakota, whereas Clinton has scooped New York.

No.  States                                Electoral Votes          Winner                      
1                Alabama 9 Donald Trump
2 Alaska   3 Donald Trump
3 Arizona  11 awaiting
4 Arkansas 6 Donald Trump
5         California           55 Hillary Clinton
6 Colorado 9 Hillary Clinton
7 Connecticut 7 Hillary Clinton
8 Delaware         3 Hillary Clinton
9 Florida        29 Donald Trump
10 Georgia    16 Donald Trump
11 Hawaii       4 Hillary Clinton
12 Idaho    4 Donald Trump
13 Illinois  20 Hillary Clinton
14 Indiana   11 Donald Trump
15 Iowa      6 Donald Trump
16 Kansas        6 Donald Trump
17 Kentucky      8 Donald Trump
18 Louisiana  8 Donald Trump
19 Maine  4 Hillary Clinton
20 Maryland 10 Hillary Clinton
21 Massachusetts 11 Hillary Clinton
22 Michigan 16 Donald Trump
23 Minnesota  10 Awaiting
24 Mississippi   6 Donald Trump
25 Missouri      10 Donald Trump
26 Montana   3 Donald Trump
27      Nebraska        5 Donald Trump
28 Nevada  6 Hillary Clinton
29 New Hampshire 4 Awaiting
30 New Jersey  14 Hillary Clinton
31 New Mexico 5 Hillary Clinton
32 New York         29 Hillary Clinton
33 North Carolina 15 Donald Trump 
34 North Dakota 3 Donald Trump
35 Ohio   18 Donald Trump
36 Oklahoma    7 Donald Trump
37 Oregon   7 Hillary Clinton
38 Pennsylvania 20 Donald Trump
39 Rhode Island 4 Hillary Clinton
40 South Carolina 9 Donald Trump 
41 South Dakota  3 Donald Trump
42 Tennessee  11 Donald Trump
43 Texas      38 Donald Trump
44 Utah  6 Donald Trump
45 Vermont    3 Hillary Clinton
46 Virginia  13 Hillary Clinton
47 Washington    12 Hillary Clinton
48 West Virginia  5 Donald Trump
49 Wisconsin   10 Donald Trump
50 Wyoming    3 Donald Trump


What were the battleground states and why did they matter

In US presidential elections, a battleground state has no clear favourite and can gravitate towards either candidate. US presidential nominees campaign hard in these states as they are crucial in winning the presidential race.

In the 2016 US election, the swing states are Ohio, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, Nevada and Colorado. 

Since 2000, whichever candidate has gained ground in Ohio has won the election. 

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